MetroFi Selected to Operate Portland Wi-Fi Network

MetroFi Inc. said on Wednesday it was selected by the city of Portland, Oregon, to design and operate a citywide Wi-Fi network that will provide free wireless Internet access and improved public services.

MetroFi said the Portland system will be built at no cost to the city, which expects to save millions of dollars in productivity and wireless Internet service fees by using the network.

MetroFi's free Internet access services will be supported by local and national advertisers. Customers who want Internet access without ads will be able to connect to a premium service for about $20 a month, the company said.

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