No WiFi For You San Francisco, Vote Your Supervisors Out of Office on November 7th
Davis Freeberg’s Digital Connection � Blog Archive � San Francisco Local Politics Derail Free WiFi Project Davis Freeberg has an excellent first-hand report of last night’s Google/Earthlink town hall meeting regarding implementing Mayor Gavin Newsom’s innovative free wi-fi initiative in San Francisco. To recap, the Mayor promised us free wi-fi and previously suggested that it could be here by year end.
Now, after a competitive bidding and proposal process where no less than seven major companies were considered for the job, Google and Earthlink, the companies chosen to implement wi-fi, are being put through the wringer of San Francisco politics and it looks like free wi-fi by year end is seriously derailed.
My favorite quote from Freeberg’s article:
“Despite the announcement made last April free WiFi instead has turned out to be vaporware thus far with Google and Earthlink discovering that dealing with the local San Francisco political scene is about as fun as being set up on a blind date with Mike Tyson after being rubbed down in meat sauce.”
Update: CNN Money has picked up on Davis’ story now as well.