MetroFi has been selected by the City of Portland to deliver and operate a citywide WiFi network

April 13, 2006

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- 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 communications.”

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 communications.

“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 Inc.

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