Comcast, COX, Time Warner Cable, Bright House and Cablevision have teamed up to offer free Wi-Fi access to all subscribers of their services. This means if you use you Time Warner, you can access Comcast Wi-Fi outside of your network. This is good news for those who are seeking ready access to Wi-Fi outside of their own networks. The launch of the service will take a few months to launch nationwide, we can expect 50,000 Wi-Fi spots to be labeled as CableWiFi.
The reason is to compete with the popular cell phone provider’s roaming network agreement. Cable companies have felt the pain and wanted to offer their own similar service. This can easily be considered good news for most people in the US, who do use their cable providers for Internet service. Here is what Cablevision’s head of project management Kristen Dolan had to say about this news.
We believe that WiFi is a superior approach to mobile data, Cable providers are best positioned to build the highest-capacity national network offering customers fast and reliable Internet connections when away from their home or business broadband service.
I am pleased to see that they have indeed made this happen. While I know we do have to wait until it is launched, it is good news to see that they want to stay competitive. It seems like carries are trying to switch over to Wi-Fi, which is partly why cable companies are jumping the “shark” so to speak. How do you feel about this news? Are you glad that they are joining forces? I think it is wise, and maybe it will even lead to even more exciting projects between them. I think we can all agree that phone carriers need some more competition than they have as of right now. Hopefully cable companies will be able to fill that void.