San Francisco-based ISP since 1998


April 15th, 2020
By Brian X Chen
The Virus Revealed Our Essential Tech (and Weeded Out the Excess)

March 26th, 2020
By Thomas Claburn
ISP Monkeybrains cries foul over coronavirus fees after requesting more bandwidth

March 20th, 2020
By Nick Bastone
Keeping the Internet Running in the Coronavirus Era

February 28th, 2020
By Preson Rhea
San Francisco Fiber to Housing Partnership

August 23, 2019
By the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development
San Francisco "Fiber to Housing" Program Provides Internet for Low-Income Families

October 20, 2019
By Alisha Green
Monkeybrains collaborates with the City to help close the digital divide in San Francisco.

May 1, 2018
SF expanding pilot program that gets public housing residents on Internet
By Dominic Fracassa
The free Web connections are being provided by Monkeybrains, a San Francisco Internet service provider.

February 5, 2018
City Visions: The Bay's fight to save net neutrality
Host Ethan Elkind and guests discuss the Federal Communications Commission's December repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules, regulations designed to ensure a free and open internet.
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July 5th, 2017
More than 1,000 income-subsidized housing units in San Francisco are getting free gigabit internet
By April Glaser
Not everyone in the tech capital of the world has access to internet.

March 31, 2017
After Internet Privacy Vote, Some ISPs Pledge Not To Sell Browsing Histories
By Hamza Shaban
The Republican-controlled Congress just voted to repeal landmark privacy rules passed under Obama, but some ISPs see a strong commitment to privacy as their selling point.

March 31, 2017
Local Internet providers look to stand out as privacy rules wither
By Dominic Fracassa
“We see ourselves as a service provider, not as a data-mining company,” said Alex Menendez, a co-founder of San Francisco Internet provider Monkeybrains, which also signed the letter sent to Congress. Menendez said he “absolutely” sees his company’s hands-off approach to customer data as a distinct competitive advantage.

March 14, 2016
Can an Indie ISP Beat Comcast
By Rick Paulas
Warehouse spaces give way to boutiques as we descend from Potrero Hill into the Mission district, and Rudy Rucker and Alex Menendez are reading aloud the invisible language of San Francisco. That paint splotch on the ground is not graffiti that's gotten lost, but a symbol that the sewer was recently treated for mosquitoes. The lack of pole attachments on the newly built residential complex? That means all of the utility hook-ups must be underground.

April 18, 2015
Monkeybrains can help with Internet in some S.F. areas
By David Einstein
Judging from the questions I receive, people are really frustrated by their inability to find fast, reliable home Internet at a price they consider affordable. And that’s understandable, because Internet access is something of a Hobson’s choice. In much of the country, the cable company serving the area is the only good option for stand-alone, high-speed Internet.

April 7, 2015
SF shelter to gain free Wi-Fi for homeless
By Joshua Sabatini
Darcel Jackson is homeless and living at Next Door shelter. Jackson first proposed bringing wifi to the shelter and with the help of Monkeybrains, a local wireless internet company, the selter will now be able to provide free wifi to it's clients by the end of this week. It was only a few years ago that Darcel Jackson, 54, owned his own construction company, and even more recently that he held a job as an iron worker at $37 an hour helping to build the new Bay Bridge.

August 3, 2010
Monkeybrains: Silly Name, Serious Broadband
By Thomas Claburn
A three-man ISP in San Francisco's Mission District is providing Internet broadband that's two to three times faster than the U.S. average for less than $40 per month.