Daily Stank Image Bank: Metro-Fi + MSN + Newt Gingrich = BFF?

Last night, between wiping away the Seahawk tears, I was able to again get on Metrofi/Metro-Fi at the Thirsty Lion. While looking at the PDX PIPELINE and other sites, I was thrown a series of pop-ups, blinking ads, and banners very similar to Myspace, except a little more…

Well, let's take a peak.

First, would you like to buy a new SUV? Perhaps, a hummer like these people?

metro-fi, metrofi wireless advertisements, msn, portland oregon,

Number 2: That last was a little cut off, so here is the ad in it's full SUV-greatness–mid and full/”manly” size…

metro-fi, metrofi wireless advertisements, msn, portland oregon,

Number 3: Now, our “fair and balanced” friends from FOX are getting into the act as well…

metro-fi, metrofi wireless advertisements, msn, portland oregon,

Number 4: At this point things seem to be painting an interesting picture with the introduction of Newt Gingrich and Ann Coulter to the mix…

metro-fi, metrofi wireless advertisements, msn, portland oregon,

So, if you are a

Metro-Fi might be right (one can use the phrase “literally right” and it would be one of the only correct times to use “literally”) for you.Metro-Fi at Jax Bar Portland Oregon

Apparently, this guy in the picture above is the “target” market for FOX, Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich, SUVs, and a pop-of of “Do you like George Bush?–Click here” ad that I wasn't able to grab fast enough before my Firefox killed it (love the fox!).

Yep, this is our tax dollars at work building this “free wireless system of Portland”.

More Metro-Fi/Metrofi information here including “OPB discovers that Metrofi is crap unless you are Kristian Foden-Vencil

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0 Responses to Daily Stank Image Bank: Metro-Fi + MSN + Newt Gingrich = BFF?

  1. Mikey October 15, 2007 at 3:41 pm #

    Tax dollars? I thought MetroFi was privately funded?

  2. Aaron October 16, 2007 at 10:01 am #

    That’s correct, Mikey. There are no tax dollars at work, at least as far as network construction and operation goes. I suppose you could make the argument that there were tax dollars involved in drafting a RFP, contracts, and testing the proof-of-concept network, but that’s hardly a major investment of public money.

    Julian, you need to learn the difference between KPTV and Fox News Channel. FNC is owned by News Corp/Rupert Murdoch and carries a strong right-wing political bias. KPTV is owned by Meredith, the company that prints Better Homes & Gardens and Ladies’ Home Journal.

    KPTV’s coverage carries a strong flash & trash bias, but there’s virtually no political news at all, so it’s hardly politically biased. It’s apolitical at worst.

    Finally, it’s not like MetroFi wouldn’t accept ads from lefty organizations. They’re struggling to make ends meet as it is — I’m sure they’d welcome the revenue.

  3. Denise Graab October 16, 2007 at 10:50 am #

    MetroFi did build the Portland Wi-Fi network with its own capital, not Portland tax dollars. For those who do not want to the view the ads supporting the free, wireless Internet service, MetroFi-Free, we offer an ad-free service for $19.95/mo. However, less than 1% of users across all of our networks have chosen that option.

    I will now forward your article to share your comments with our advertising team. We want networks users to have a positive experience, and do not serve “pop-up ads.” Instead, we currently serve banner ads (at the top of the browser window) and interstitials (ads within the browser page as you move from one website to another). Additionally, we have made efforts to reduce or eliminate extreme animation from ads served on our networks, and continue to improve and optimize the advertising experience for our network users. Thank you for your feedback. If you have any more, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

  4. Julian Chadwick October 16, 2007 at 11:09 am #

    I’m at work now, so I can’t fully respond. Thank you 3 for writing, especially Metro-Fi. It is much appreciated.

    I do know the difference b/w FOX news and FOX. One has the Simpsons, and I like that :)

    I will say that building an infrastructure of a city with city cooperation almost 100% of the time that a city/state/govt has costs in a/many ways. The city might believe it has externalized all costs, but it is truly not possible when speaking of this type of project.

    Denise, did Metro-fi bid on this project? Why did Metro-fi win and/or can you direct me to their bid? Does Metro-fi receive city cooperation when installing your system such as help from shutting down roads for parts of times, etc? Does Metro-Fi receive tax breaks from the city for putting up this infrastructure for us?

    By the way, I have no problem with ads…thought they were a bit peculiar as all. I don’t the Pipeline readers are also SUV buyers and Ann Coulter readers.

    I’ll comment more later. But, again, thanks for helping us understand.

  5. Aaron October 17, 2007 at 1:00 am #

    Julian, the city posts just about every document it has online.

    Here’s the RFP and contracts with MetroFi:
    http://www.portlandonline.com/index.cfm?c=43149&

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