The Castro Goes Wireless

By Ryan Wylie,

Waiting for an email from Mr Right? Want to check out the latest news from Want to do it while you shop or sip a latte in the Castro?

Now you can.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and AnchorFree Wireless have unveiled a free wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) hotzone in the heart of San Francisco's Castro District, the world's famous gay and lesbian community.

Consumers can access the Internet wirelessly at no cost indoors and outdoors along the commercial segment of Castro Street.

"We are pleased to support the efforts of AnchorFree to bring all citizens access to free wireless broadband services," said Mayor Gavin Newsom. "This new service will certainly benefit citizens, visitors and businesses in the Castro further encourage technology innovation in San Francisco."

"San Francisco's Castro area is an ideal location to blanket with free wireless Internet access", said David Gorodyansky, President of AnchorFree Wireless. "It is a tech-savvy district with lots of foot traffic and is filled with vibrant cafes, restaurants and bars. We are delighted to have our presence in such a well known community."

AnchorFree has completed Intel's Centrino mobile technology compatibility testing through the Intel Wireless Verification Program (WVP), helping to ensure consumers can enjoy the productivity and lifestyle advantages of Wi-Fi technology within AnchorFree's Wi-Fi hotzones.

"As a participant in Intel's wireless verification program, AnchorFree has tested its Wi-Fi service for compatibility with common configurations of notebook PCs based on Intel Centrino mobile technology, Intel's premier technology for wireless mobile computing," said Karen Regis, director of marketing programs for Intel's Mobile Platforms Group. "By providing consumers with free wireless Internet connectivity in San Francisco's Castro District, AnchorFree helps enhance the 'unwired' experience for Intel Centrino mobile technology users, connecting them back to their work place as well as their family and friends."

In April of 2005, AnchorFree launched twin Wi-Fi hotzones in San Francisco's Marina District. The Marina area is located approximately

5 miles from the Castro District.

Copyright 2005

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