San Francisco WiFi Issue Hits Voter Ballots

When the latest municipal city and county propositions voters ballot arrived in my mailbox, I was stunned to see the following in section J: "Shall it be City policy that the City should, through an agreement with a private provider, offer free wireless high-speed Internet access as quickly as possible on an equal basis to all parts of San Francisco?" Yes or No Considering the city-wide free WiFi debate has been going back and forth since Mayor Gavin Newsom started rallying for it in October 2004, Newsom decided to submit a ballot measure asking voters if they support blanketing the city with Wi-Fi. The wireless Wi-Fi system would enable free Web surfing subsidized by ads from Google. With this pending project, many people have raised concerns about privacy protection, surfing speeds and the terms of the proposed contract. Even if you vote 'yes' the measure is non-binding, so approval doesn't mean the WiFi will be implemented. Ad-supported or not, it's free internet! Lets hope people focus on the pro's and not the con's and vote yes to this proposition.

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