Items tagged with San Francisco

Usually when we hear of Internet cables being cut, it's due to curious (or hungry) sea creatures or ships accidentally severing them in the ocean. That's not the case in San Francisco. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is currently looking into ongoing physical attacks on bundles of high-capacity Internet cables, the latest of which took place on Tuesday.Apparently this has been going on for a year and includes at least 11 malicious incidents. Federal agents confirmed to USA Today that the Tuesday attack disrupted Internet service for businesses and residential customers in Sacramento and surrounding... Read more...
For anyone that lives in (or has visited) the San Francisco Bay Area, you’re most likely very familiar with the Bay Area Rapid Transit or BART. The commuter rail system covers a total of 104 miles, has 44 stations, and weekday ridership over 420,000.  With so many people using BART on a daily basis, Wi-Fi access is a much-welcomed perk for riders. BART obviously agreed and in 2009 signed a 20-year contract with WiFi Rail to eventually provide Internet service to its entire 669-car fleet. Under the contract, WiFi Rail agreed to pay for the infrastructure and all costs involved in the getting... Read more...
Starting in late September, Silicon Alley and Silicon Valley will be collaborating on high-tech solutions to the problems both cities face. The mayors of New York and San Francisco announced that they will be holding two Digital Cities summits (one in each city) to develop new ways of handing old threats, such as flooding and power outages. The summits have already attracted the likes of Jack Dorsey, who is well-known as a co-founder of Twitter and Square. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announce the Digital Cities summits. Image Credit: NBC News Corp New York Mayor... Read more...
San Francisco, home of the Giants and land of sometimes questionable mandates, like the one passed last year that would require cell phone retailers to slap a label on their devices indicating radiation levels. The measure created a bit of a firestorm on the Internet over whether such a label was really needed or simply ridiculous. For now, San Francisco is betting on the latter. According to a report in The San Francisco Chronicle, city officials have now decided to delay implementing what is known as the "Right to Know" ordinance, placing it on indefinite hold, likely until a different version... Read more...
Looking at this, one could imagine this might be the perfect excuse for AT&T to use for its sub-par San Francisco wireless coverage.  After all, the company has already admitted that both New York City and SF need some upgrades.  With this story getting publicity, perhaps AT&T will choose to use it as an excuse.It's probably not something many have thought of, but it's something that people living in older houses might want to consider: your house's walls may prove to be the perfect blocker of wi-fi, and other wireless signals.It's something that San Francisco resident Galen Pewtherer... Read more...
Google keeps buying things and offering services. They're doing preliminary work to offer free WiFi to the entire City of San Francisco.  Hey, how about the rest of us? Google says it has no plans to attempt to offer such Internet access beyond the San Francisco Bay Area, the Journal said. But the move is still expected to capture the attention of telephone and cable companies whose core businesses including providing Internet access for a fee, the newspaper noted. Meanwhile, offering a free city-wide network would put Google in competition... Read more...