Wireless Cities

Seattle, San Francisco top list for wireless Internet access

An annual ranking from Intel Corporation says computer junkies yearning for wireless freedom should go west, if they're not already there.

Intel says Seattle and San Francisco are the most "unwired cities" in America. The computer chip company says those cities are the top spots for wireless surfing at restaurants, libraries or public plazas.

Metropolitan Seattle passed the San Francisco Bay area this year thanks to an abundance of Starbucks outlets, which have wireless "hot spots" where patrons linger over latte and laptops. Seattle also benefited from wireless access at its Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. San Francisco offers wireless hubs at bars, convention centers, office parks and strip malls from Oakland to San Jose. Hundreds of residents build wireless access towers on their roofs, providing free connections for neighbors.