January 24th, 2007

SF Muni Wi-Fi: Why 300 KBPS Can Bridge the Digital Divide

The propoposal from Google and Earthlink that sits on the table in front of the SF board of supervisors is a great first step towards bridging the digital divide as well as serving the needs of most San Francisco citizens.

There hasn’t been much information put forth about how consumers use the Internet and whether 300 KBPS can satisfy that need. The top thing online users do is check their email. Yes, large attachments can slow things down a bit, but 300 KBPS is fine for email as well as the rest of the top ten and twenty things consumers do online – browse portals, use search, read news, shop, research products, etc.

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