Viewpoint - April 27, 2011

Letter: Facebook's opportunity to help out Belle Haven

Facebook is moving into Belle Haven, which has a tremendous need for Wi-Fi since many residents cannot afford to pay for their own Internet. I suggest that the city of Menlo Park let Facebook build more than normal, if they agree to provide free Wi-Fi access for Belle Haven.

I chair the PTA computer donation program at Menlo-Atherton High School. We give computers to M-A students who can't afford them. We can give them free computers, and can hook them up to Wi-Fi 101, but we can't give them free Internet. It's getting harder and harder these days to succeed in school without Internet access.

Google currently provides free Wi-Fi for the entire city of Mountain View. Wi-Fi 101, which currently provides free Wi-Fi service to portions of Belle Haven and East Palo Alto, will run out of funding early this summer, and will disconnect its service, unless Facebook (or someone else) steps in.

How about it, Facebook, and Menlo Park planning department?

Sue Kayton, chairman, M-A High PTA computer donation program, Doris Drive, Menlo Park


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