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Quiz: CNBC Quiz: Wireless Technology

Question 2 of 10

What California city was the first to offer free citywide Wi-Fi?

  1. Mountain View
  2. Palo Alto
  3. Santa Clara
  4. Sunnyvale
Correct!

In 2005, Sunnyvale, California became the first city to offer citywide Wi-Fi. The advertiser-sponsored network is provided by MetroFi, and it serves the entire city’s population of 130,000 entirely for free, an arrangement that also benefits local businesses. The one possible drawback is that advertisements are perpetually displayed in the user’s browser, but that seems like a small price to pay for a free Internet connection in any part of town.