San Francisco offers free Wi-Fi along Market St.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is offering free Internet access along one of its main thoroughfares.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1gBNfFY) that the city-owned wireless network was running last week ahead of its formal rollout on Monday. It covers a three-mile stretch of Market Street from Castro Street to the Embarcadero.

City officials say it cost about $500,000 after donations from two companies, Ruckus Wireless, of Sunnyvale, and Layer42 Networks, of Mountain View.

It comes as the city is moving forward with plans to bring free Wi-Fi to San Francisco's public parks in partnership with Google. City officials had proposed citywide wireless Internet access in 2007, but that plan fell apart amid concerns about a contract with EarthLink and Google.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com