San Francisco Wi-Fi Plan to Face More Heat

    Date22 May 2006
    Posted ByBrittany Day
    Privacy advocates and activists for digital inclusion were set to raise alarms about San Francisco’s proposed wireless broadband service at a hearing Friday afternoon before a city oversight body.

    The winning proposal for the citywide network, made by Google and EarthLink, would allow for invasion of users’ privacy and doesn’t include any funding to help make digital technology and the Internet accessible to lower-income people, critics have charged. The companies still need to negotiate a final contract with the city, and the activists aim to affect what goes into that deal—or make the city change course and adopt a municipally owned network.

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