|by KathrynV 12:03PM Saturday Aug 09 2008
Portland had high hopes of being one of those cities where citywide wireless networks might actually work but those hopes did not pan out. Earlier this summer, Wi-Fi provider MetroFi announced that the company could not afford to continue operating the network there. Attempts to sell it off failed
and the network was shut down. That’s not the end of the story, though. In order to launch the network, MetroFi had to set up 600 (arguably unsightly) antennas throughout the city. The company had claimed that these antennas would be removed by the end of July but they remain up; MetroFi says that they still plan to follow through on removing them but city staff members report fears that the company is too strapped for cash to keep their end of this bargain. Estimates for removal are around $90,000; subtracting out a $30,000 bond for removal that was part of the MetroFi contract would still mean that Portland’s taxpayers could pay up to $60,000 to get those antennas taken down.
by KathrynV 02:39PM Saturday Jun 21 2008 story continues..
Citywide wireless network provider MetroFi announced
earlier this month that it couldn’t afford to continue operating the networks that it had deployed in Portland and other cities in the United States. There was some hope that a buyer would come forth for the Portland network prior to the June 20th deadline issued by MetroFi for network shuttering.
by KathrynV 12:00PM Saturday May 17 2008
Municipal wireless service provider MetroFi has announced
that the company is seeking a sale of its networks as it considers getting out of the citywide Wi-Fi game for good. The company has been unable to keep its promises in the nine networks that it’s built; the most recent problem
was a demand that Portland pony up additional funding to complete a network that was supposed to be done this summer. MetroFi has now told Portland and other cities where it operates that they can buy the networks themselves within the next 30-60 days or MetroFi will look to sell them to a third party. MetroFi is also seeking to sell itself to a larger company.
MetroFi is a municipal wireless network provider that has failed to meet many of its commitments to the cities that it has worked with. Despite once claiming
that the reason that their networks work is because they are ad-supported, they have demanded money
during the process of building out their networks.
Despite the fact that EarthLink’s municipal Wi-Fi plans are crumbling around them
, the company maintains that they’ll be able to get back into the market. They just need to figure out the right kind of wireless
to make it happen.
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