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Google Gifts 31 San Francisco Parks Two Years of Free Wi-Fi Service Worth $600,000

by Maximum PC | July 27, 2013July 27, 2013 6:00 am PST


No strings attached

Google catches a lot of flak over privacy issues for its various services, but at the same time, the company knows how to create some goodwill for itself, too. Apparently in a giving mood as of late, Google is footing the $600,000 bill to bring free Wi-Fi hotspots to at least 31 city parks, plazas, and open spaces across San Francisco. The installation of free Wi-Fi service will kick off in December 2013 and is expected to be complete by Spring 2014.

The donation comes six years after a deal to cover the city in free Wi-Fi fell through. Google and EarthLink had wanted to blanket San Francisco with Wi-Fi service, but they were unable to come to an agreement with Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Board of Supervisors.

This time around, Google is content to cut a check to cover the costs of the equipment, installation, and maintenance of wireless capabilities for two years, SFGate reports. Google doesn’t stand to make any money off the deal, and after two years, it will be up to San Francisco to fund the continuation of free Wi-Fi service.

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