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  • In his annual “state of the city” speech, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has set as a priority turning the entire city into a free wireless “hot spot.”

    "We will not stop until every San Franciscan has access to free wireless Internet service," Newsom said. "These technologies will connect our residents to the skills and the jobs of the new economy. No San Franciscan should be without a computer and a broadband connection."

    Parts of the city already are wireless “hot spots,” including Union Square in downtown San Francisco and the stadium where the San Francisco Giants play.

    A number of US cities have stated their desire to offer free wireless Internet access, including Philadelphia, San Jose, and Long Beach, California. It is perceived as a way of creating for these cities a high tech image that can carry over to other economic development.

KC's View:
That may have been the one promise neither of the two presidential candidates made – to turn the entire US into a free wireless “hot spot.” But it’s not too late…there’s an entire week left until Election Day.