One Web Day is a day in which people around the world make an effort to celebrate the internet, its use in every day life, and raise awareness of its value. The OpenDNS crew spent One Web Day 2008 by volunteering our time in helping Meraki and the city of San Francisco install free wireless internet here in the city. Meraki is leading the way in creating free city-wide wireless internet access in San Francisco, allowing anyone in range of their wireless network known as “Free the Net” to surf the web. Not only do they pride themselves on providing the city with free internet, they are also giving back to the low-income community by providing those people with a free alternative.

Together the volunteers installed wireless access points in more 6 buildings around the Tenderloin district that will give over 1,000 low-income San Franciscans access to the internet. Most of the equipment we installed consists of small repeaters mounted to walls near power sources. Each building has one or two main access points that provide internet access, and these repeaters allow Meraki to spread that signal through many levels of the buildings and even from building to building.

It was great to get the team out of the office and do something really good for the community. We got to meet a lot of amazing people at Meraki and other volunteers who were just as excited to be part of such an awesome movement. I know I can speak for the entire team in saying that we all had a lot of fun yesterday and got a lot more out of the experience than we expected. Both myself and the rest of OpenDNS look forward to taking part in future events like this one!

On behalf of everyone at OpenDNS I’d like to thank Mike McCarthy of the San Francisco Department of Telecommunications and Information Services for helping organize San Francisco’s celebration of One Web Day 2008.

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