Friday, April 14, 2006

Portland to build free Wi-Fi network

The City of Portland announced it will be building a citywide Wi-Fi network, which will be free to residents. The company contracted to build the network isn't one of the big names we've seen recently regarding municipal Wi-Fi networks, Earthlink or Google. The 134 square mile mesh network will be built by MetroFi.

The free 1Mbps Wi-Fi network will be ad-supported or ad-free at a cost of US$20 a month. City officials and agencies will be using the Wi-Fi network to better connect city services.MetroFi currently has three municipal Wi-Fi networks in California including Santa Clara, Cupertino, and Sunnyvale.

Besides Portland, Oregon, the company will also soon launch a Wi-Fi network in Aurora, IL. To the dismay of some ISPs, the era of municipal Wi-Fi networks is here. It seems as if every day a new city is signing on to join the Wi-Fi club.

Read more from the MetroFi press release.

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