Tomorrow, Supervisor Mark Farrell and Mayor Ed Lee will announce the launch of the free Wi-Fi in parks, plazas and open spaces project that will bring free Wi-Fi to 32 sites across San Francisco.
Supervisor Mark Farrell
Mayor Ed Lee
Phil Ginsburg, General Manager of the Recreation and Park Department
Miguel Gamino, Acting Chief Information Officer Department of Technology
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – at 11:00am
Tenderloin Recreation Center – 570 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Many in the San Francisco Bay Area were awoken early Sunday morning by the largest earthquake in the region since the Loma Prieta earthquake nearly 25 years ago. While thankfully, San Francisco suffered no damage, this is a good opportunity to remind ourselves that we need to be prepared before the next earthquake or emergency. Being prepared today will make our City's recovery all the more efficient and effective, allowing us all to get back to business as usual, faster.
Let's use this as an opportunity to educate ourselves, our friends and family, and our employees and coworkers about earthquake preparedness and why it is critical to making sure that San Francisco is a resilient City. Please visit www.sf72.org to learn how to get prepared for the next earthquake and how to connect with your community.
I also encourage everyone who lives or works in San Francisco to take the San Francisco Fire Department's free Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) training, and register for the City's e-mail and text-based notification system www.AlertSF.org.
It is often said that real emergencies look more like people coming together rather than cities falling apart. That is why it is important to take steps now so we are all ready for the next emergency.
Let's not wait until the next disaster; let's be prepared today.
"Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched a free municipal wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) service along Market Street – the City’s busiest and most economically diverse corridor. Starting in the Castro neighborhood and ending at The Embarcadero along the entire Market Street corridor, Wi-Fi access will be accessible to everyone with a smart phone, laptop or any Wi-Fi enabled mobile device.
“Nearly a quarter-million people walk down Market Street every day, and now they will be able to connect to the Internet through our free public Wi-Fi,” said Mayor Lee. “Providing Wi-Fi on our City’s main busy thoroughfare is a big first step towards a larger vision of connectivity for our City as a whole, bridging the digital divide and ensuring that our diverse communities have access to innovation.”
The Department of Technology (DT) developed the advertisement-free wireless internet access. The Market Street project was made possible by a public-private partnership from Bay Area-based Ruckus Wireless that donated the hardware. Layer42 Networks, a provider of connectivity and data center hosting solutions, also generously contributed one gigabit of internet access service to allow the Market Street network to reach the public internet. DT staff and selected vendors designed and implemented the uniquely municipal-owned service."