Earthlink and Google Team Up To Close The Digital Divide in San Francisco


Okay, so these guys might not be purely motivated by the Digital Divide issue, but that’s what makes this the perfect example of social entrepreneurship. Here is the link to the NYTimes story: SF To Go Wireless.

“You can’t continue to rhetorically talk about the digital divide and not do anything about it,” Gavin Newsom, the city’s mayor, said in an interview.

If you want to read more details about the proposal, check out this blog: Details of S.F.’s new WiFi agreement.

A 300 Kbps free tier of service for use by all residents, businesses and visitors. This 300 Kbps tier is adequate for most basic Internet tasks such as web, email and even VoIP. Assuming 30% uptake of the free tier of service, this generates more than $4 million in value per year for the community.

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