PORTLAND, Ore., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- MetroFi, the leader in
designing, building and operating free citywide Wi-Fi networks, announced
today it has been selected by the City of Portland, the 28th largest city
in the United States, to deliver and operate a citywide Wi-Fi network that
will provide free wireless Internet access and substantially improved
public services to Portland residents. The announcement demonstrates
Portland's cutting-edge vision for citywide smart parking meters, universal
wireless connectivity and affordable Internet access for its residents. The
MetroFi Portland system will be built at no cost to the city, and the City
of Portland expects to save millions of dollars in productivity and
wireless Internet service fees by using the network.
"We are proud to partner with MetroFi in this effort to blanket the
city of Portland with wireless Internet access," said Portland's mayor, Tom
Potter. "MetroFi has demonstrated its commitment to bridging the digital
divide by offering both free and low-cost alternatives for broadband access
on an open provider network. Additionally, I look forward to realizing the
benefits of wireless technology and have high hopes for Portland's ability
to use it to streamline city services and enhance public safety
The City of Portland, which spans 134 square miles and has a population
of approximately 540,000, will be blanketed by a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi
mesh network. Residents and visitors of Portland will have wireless access
to 1Mbps Wireless Internet at no cost. Portland's public works field
personnel and first responders will have greatly expanded access to
wireless network services to facilitate more responsive data
"As the industry leader in designing, building and operating Wi-Fi
networks, we are excited to be selected by the City of Portland to deliver
world-class, citywide wireless Internet access," said MetroFi CEO and
co-founder Chuck Haas. "Portland's vision of utilizing the MetroFi network
for affordable Internet to all residents is defining how cities partner
with the private sector."
MetroFi's free Internet access services will be supported by
advertising from local and national advertisers. Customers who want an
Internet access experience without ads can connect to the MetroFi network
premium service for approximately $20.00 per month. Customers accessing the
network will see a banner or text advertisement in the browser's frame.
Portland-area businesses can leverage the local and regional nature of the
network by providing links to their websites, coupons and announcements for
users who are connected in close proximity to their establishment.
City of Portland employees will also be better connected than ever
before. City officials anticipate improved efficiencies and economies
within city government operations as a result of the new Wi-Fi network.
Public safety, public works, property inspectors and other field-based
employees will now have the ability to wirelessly download and upload
reports and data from the field. In addition, public safety will be greatly
enhanced with the ability to wirelessly retrieve large amounts of data at
MetroFi is the leader in designing, building and operating Wi-Fi
networks. The company partners with municipalities, ISPs and other
companies to deliver secure, reliable high-speed wireless broadband
services to entire communities. Recipient of the Wireless Ventures'
Investors' Choice award, MetroFi is a private company with venture backing
from Sevin Rosen Funds and August Capital. The company was founded in 2002
and is headquartered in Mountain View, CA. For more information on MetroFi
and its services, visit www.metrofi.com.