Meraki says more than 100,000 people have used its Free the Net service in San Francisco. The company is using San Francisco as test bed for its ad-hoc network that is formed using shared broadband connections and Meraki's WiFi repeaters that users place in their windows, balconies or roofs. Recently, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said that citywide WiFi will be a reality and that 144,000 residents will be surfing the Web for free by the end of the year at no cost to the city. Meraki is building the network and donating the service. The company expects it will take 15,000 devices to blanket the city with coverage.
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