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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

MetroFi to pull plug on Friday

So says this story. Another Sten-Leonard Genius Idea down the tubes.

And then there's this one, which will probably rack up six figures in legal fees before they let go of it. More money and time wasted by the Big Thinkers.

Comments (9)

Funny thing. I've been using MetroFi more in the last week or so. In the last couple days, at multiple locations, I've been able to get online quickly, and the connection has been stable and fast.

Without ads.

Have they dropped their advertising system now that the contract is voided? Was that system the only thing that prevented the network from functioning?

Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, throwing good money after bad...

**Randy is going to legislature to overturn the Urban Renewal law. Question is: Legislatures that gullible? or is **Randy's ego the large...Both?

Can someone please buy Randy a horse and windmill to tilt after since he really doesn't want to do anything productive while we pay him $150K a year?

Seriously, folks -- amid your snarks, consider what I wrote above. I am a sample of one, so it's hard to draw any definite conclusions from my experience -- BUT my experience has been remarkable.

It appears that MetroFi has turned off its advertising early. Ever since they did that, multiple nodes on the network have worked flawlessly.

The infrastructure that has been built is extensive; if the only thing that's prevented it from working right is a flawed advertising technology, that's something we should know sooner rather than later.


Posted a more extensive version of the above comment over here.

I think some insight is developing, based on experiences/attempts in Philly and now also OKC--it's not the infrastructure, it's the business model. Without getting a buy-in from major city institutions, neither reliability nor fast connections are likely to be assured. It can still be managed privately, but city government should probably be a key buyer of the service.

A rundown, here:

Well, I'm sure the rest of the State is just thrilled with Randy's plans to change UR law. He'll open the door to getting rid of it all together since just about every year there is legislations posed to nix UR. I'm sure all the city manager across Oregon will just be so happy that Randy and the Portland City Council will open that door for the UR naysayers.

I'm so happy we have the pleasure of being lead by such short-sighted arrogant pea-brains that only think of their crazy pet projects. I'd hate to think of what it would be like to have thoughtful leaders who actually understood and cared about the implications of their actions.


Who is throwing good money after bad in Philadelphia? It isn't the city. It is a group of private investors. If people want to experiment with what's possible, even give stuff away, I am not in a gigantic hurry to stand in their way.

Anger can be an amazing source of creative energy, but it'd be nice if you pointed it in a productive direction.

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