Silicon Valley to Get Free Broadband

The entire Silicon Valley is finally going to have free wireless broadband throughout 42 cities, provided by a group called Silicon Valley Metro Connect.

The group, composed of IBM, Cisco Systems, SeaKay and Azulstar, announced on Sept. 5 that its proposal to wirelessly connect the Silicon Valley had been accepted by SAMCAT (the San Mateo County Telecommunications Authority).

The Metro Connect network will be a combination of Wi-Fi and WiMax and will span 1,500 square miles. It includes six tiers of service, two of which are free.

Pasadena selects EarthLink for its municipal Wi-Fi network. Click here to read more.

Metro Connect will use mesh wireless technology from Cisco and network design by IBM.

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