San Francisco Has Most Free Wi-Fi Hot Spots, By Far

From: AnchorFree Wireless/
Published: Thu Jun 09 2005

San Francisco, Calif. June 8, 2005 –- With 430 free wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) hot spots, San Francisco, Calif., has reached the top of a list of the USA's Top 25 Free Wireless Cities; this list is managed by Wi-Fi index []. Until recently, San Francisco was in second place with 120 free Wi-Fi hot spots outranked by Chicago with 171 hot spots.

Why the sudden jump? Silicon Valley firm [AnchorFree Wireless] brought free Wi-Fi to popular shopping districts of San Francisco: the Marina District, Fillmore District, and The Castro; giving consumers access to an additional 310 free Wi-Fi hot spots. To view the list of the USA's Top 25 Free Wireless Cities, please visit

In the last year large municipal Wi-Fi efforts, including San Francisco, have met strong opposition from large telecommunication companies. "It’s good to see a business that actually builds free wireless networks rather than merely talking about them," said Ryan MacCarthy of []. "As advocates of free Wi-Fi, we’re excited to include all of AnchorFree’s hot spots on our list."

"By providing consumers with free wireless Internet connectivity, these Wi-Fi hotzones help enhance the 'unwired' experience for Intel Centrino mobile technology users, connecting them back to their family and friends, as well as their workplace." said Karen Regis, director of marketing programs for Intel’s Mobile Platforms Group.

"We are excited to provide consumers with free Wi-Fi at the heart of San Francisco’s vibrant shopping districts", said David Gorodyansky, President of [AnchorFree Wireless]. "By making Wi-Fi access free, we are giving San Franciscans an affordable way to use the Internet outside of their homes and offices."

In May of 2004, AnchorFree launched a Wi-Fi access in downtown Palo Alto, Calif., giving consumers access to over 70 new wireless Internet hot spots. The San Francisco Wi-Fi hot spots are located approximately 30 miles from the downtown Palo Alto Wi-Fi access.

About AnchorFree:
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Co-Founders David Gorodyansky and Eugene Malobrodsky had a clear vision in 2003: to give consumers an affordable and widespread way to access the Internet outside of their homes and offices. Company President David Gorodyanksy and AnchorFree Wireless have been featured in over 30 media publications. For further information, please visit

About started as a private list built by a newcomer to the San Francisco Bay Area, has grown into a large scale, but highly localized, resource for verified free Wi-Fi locations around the nation. is now a list of 5875 confirmed free wireless hotspots sporting 802.11b and even some with 802.11g from San Francisco to New York. is a subsidiary of Chicago based Nebo Group.

* Intel and Intel Centrino are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

Contact Information:

Denis Hiller, Communications Director
AnchorFree Wireless

Ryan MacCarthy, Spokesperson

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