Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AnchorFree on Monday announced the creation of a free Wi-Fi hot zone in San Francisco’s Marina district, along a four-block area of Chestnut St. between Fillmore and Scott Streets. Anyone with a Wi-Fi-capable device, including an Apple computer equipped with AirPort or AirPort Extreme, can use the service indoors or outdoors. The company said it launched the service in response to city mayor Gavin Newsom’s 2004 announcement that “we will not stop until every San Franciscan has access to free wireless Internet service.”
This is AnchorFree’s second free hot zone in the Bay Area. The first was launched in May 2004 in downtown Palo Alto. The company is currently looking for sponsors to offset the cost of maintaining free wireless Internet access in San Francisco.