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.


Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Very innovative.

Dana W.
Dana W6 years ago

Very interesting concept!

Henry Schrieber
Hank Schrieber7 years ago

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.

David N.
David N7 years ago

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

K s Goh
KS Goh7 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Past Member
Past Member 7 years ago

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

Ruth R.
Ruth R7 years ago

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.

Melissah Chadwick
Melissah C7 years ago


Dave C.
David C7 years ago

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

April Theberge
April Theberge7 years ago