San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the expansion of the city's "Network of Community Networks" free Wi-Fi network to residents of the Sunnydale housing development. Outside Sunnydale's new technology lab, the mayor highlighted the city's progress expanding free wireless Internet access throughout San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) developments and other affordable housing sites.
"To improve our economy, it is critical that we bridge the digital divide," said Newsom. "The launch of this free Wi-Fi network at the Sunnydale housing development is another step forward in our goal of providing free Internet access to all San Franciscans."
Over the past year the Department of Technology (DT) has created and coordinated the development of free wireless networks covering 2,121 units at SFHA developments and at over 1,200 units at non-profit sites. At the Sunnydale housing development, the city's Communities of Opportunity (COO) teamed with the technology nonprofit, One Economy, to establish the free network.
"At One Economy, we believe quality information is central to quality of life," said Dave McConnell, senior vice president at One Economy. "We are proud to be part of this effort to use broadband to connect hundreds of families with the tools they need to improve their lives."
The free Wi-Fi network at Sunnydale was funded through the AT&T Foundation.
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