Internet Services Provider EarthLink and search engine Google have submitted a joint proposal to the City of San Francisco to build a citywide WIFi network.

“(Tuesday), EarthLink and Google jointly submitted a request for proposal to the City of San Francisco to build a citywide wireless municipal network,” said Donald Berryman, who leads EarthLink’s municipal network efforts. “This proposal presents a unique opportunity for both companies. By coming together to leverage the strengths of both companies, we will be able to offer services to different customers on the network that fit with their own individual needs and wants.”

EarthLink recently won a contract to build a WiFi network in Philadelphia.

“Customers shouldn’t be tied to their desks, or to a single provider, to get the Internet experience they want,” Berryman said. “Both EarthLink and Google recognize this and are attempting to provide great service and choice in San Francisco.”

EarthLink: www.earthlink.com