Cable Co.'s Expand Free Wi-Fi
Supporting the spread of the mobile Web, top cable operators are coming together to offer free Wi-Fi access to their broadband customers in more than 50,000 hotspots around the country. This week, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, and Time Warner Cable agreed to enable each other's broadband customers to access their metro Wi-Fi hot spots.
“The companies are calling the new network ‘CableWiFi,’ so that subscribers will be able to find the hot spots when they're roaming outside their own cable territory,” CNet reports. Cablevision, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable have been working together on the project since early 2010, when they began allowing their subscribers to roam onto each other's Wi-Fi networks in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Connecticut.
Bright House Networks and Cablevision, meanwhile, just launched CableWiFi alongside their branded WiFi networks around New York City and in central Florida, earlier this month. “The CableWifi network will be added to each of the participating cable companies' services in the coming months,” CNet notes. “This means that Cablevision customers from Long Island will be able to access Time Warner's Wi-Fi networks in Los Angeles, and vice versa.”