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Free Solar-Powered WiFi Coming to a Town Near You

Free Solar-Powered WiFi Coming to a Town Near You

Meraki–the ubiquitous WiFi company–announced their mission to bring affordable Internet access to everyone via new solar powered mesh repeaters. Here in San Francisco, I often connect my iPhone to their Free the Net hot spots while out and about.

But San Francisco isn’t the only place to benefit from this. According to the company, their customers span 125 countries and range from operators for individual buildings to large carriers connecting entire towns and regions. It seems their new solar units can only further their goal. The units will be ideal for such places as fair grounds, parks and rural areas. The unit isn’t cheap, costing $749 for a bring-your-own-panel model and up to $1,499 for larger units. But as pricey as that is, it can be significantly less than a wired solution.

It will be interesting to see if Meraki can complete their goal considering how large companies like Google and EarthLink have failed at such efforts both in San Francisco and in other cities like Philadelphia.

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4:46PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Very innovative.

10:42PM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

Very interesting concept!

4:13PM PST on Jan 12, 2011

I am tired of hearing that coal is the cheapest electricity. We hear nothing about the air pollution, dumping mercury in in the air and water, the only thing more toxic is arsenic. mining it has ruined the water, air and the health of miners, the subsidies we pay in taxes.etc Check out Appalachia coal country. The real cost is too high.

1:13PM PST on Jan 11, 2011

Thanks for the article. Solar is good. Anxious to see if this expands to other cities.

4:44AM PST on Dec 10, 2010

Thanks for the article.

1:57PM PDT on Sep 17, 2010

eventually everything can be powered by renewable energy...renewable energy independence

2:37PM PDT on Aug 27, 2010

What about tax breaks, as far as cost. Also, some will be able to pay and then if the company is smart they will lower the cost a little so others will pay, if That is what would happen.
Keep up the good work CA.

1:17AM PDT on Aug 12, 2010

thanks

8:22PM PDT on Jul 23, 2010

I hope this works, our city had promised this a few years ago. Got the poles up, even some panels, but never finished -- too many complaints and not consistant enough. good luck

8:51AM PDT on Jun 4, 2010

interesting...

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