Portland's controversial WiFi project passed engineering tests, paving the way for the system's builder, MetroFi, to expand the network, which has come under scrutiny for its lack of indoor coverage. Many residents say the network does not deliver on its promise. MetroFi's prediction: "People that are using the network regularly are liking it and using it more and more," Adrian van Haaften, MetroFi's vice president of marketing, told The Oregonian. "My anticipation is that there's a lot of pent-up interest in the network." MetroFi's deal with Portland called for the company to build a network that covers 95 percent of the city by mid-2008, offer free Internet access, provide downloads above 1 Mbps and that is supported by advertising.
For more about Portland's plans to expand its WiFi network:
- read this article from The Oregonian