Newsom gets behind Meraki’s free wi-fi model

Meraki rooftop antennaA year after Meraki, a startup with a grassroots model for blanketing an area with wi-fi signals, gained its first foothold in San Francisco, and ten months after the city’s first attempt with Earthlink collapsed, Mayor Gavin Newson is supporting Meraki’s model as a way to get wi-fi to a majority of San Franciscans.

When I spoke to Meraki last summer, their intention was to pay for the free wi-fi by putting an advertising bar in the browser of everyone who uses them to connect to the internets. I’ve never been able to find one of their signals, so I don’t know if they’re still doing that.

See my original post from July 2007 for an explanation of their scheme.

2 Comments so far

  1. pancakebreakfast on June 12th, 2008 @ 7:34 am

    My favorite part of that article is how they’re bragging about getting wifi coverage to public housing and SROs. Yeah, that’s great, but how many of those people have and/or can actually afford wifi-enabled devices? This is either typical techie myopia or an intentionally deceptive feel-good measure that actually has little to no effect.

  2. Richard Ault (richard) on June 12th, 2008 @ 9:16 am

    Santa Monica seems to be the model for how this can be done. Heard on NPR that they started with govt. buildings provisioning their networks, then allowed public access in those footprints. Then expanded and now traffic lights are networked this way. Sounds pretty excellent.

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