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Published on November 19th, 2008 | by Jerry James Stone

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Free Solar-Powered WiFi Coming to a Town Near You

November 19th, 2008 by  



Meraki — the ubiquitous WiFi company — announced that their much anticipated solar unit will begin shipping on December 4 as part of the company’s mission to bring affordable Internet access to everyone. 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 the new solar units can only further their goal. The units will be ideal for such places as fair grounds, parks and rural areas.

[social_buttons] 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 here in San Francisco and in other cities like Philadelphia.

Image: Meraki press resources 
 





 

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About the Author

is a web developer, part-time blogger, and a full-time environmentalist. His crusade for all things eco started twenty years ago when he ditched his meat-and-potatoes upbringing for something more vegetarian-shaped. His passions include cooking, green tech, eco politics, and smart green design. And while he doesn't own a car anymore, he loves to write about those too. Jerry studied at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. During his time there he was a DJ at the campus station KCPR and he also wrote for the campus paper. Jerry currently resides in San Francisco, CA with his cat Lola. You can stalk him on Twitter @jerryjamesstone.



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