Cable Providers Partner on Big Wi-Fi Plan: Does it Affect You?

(Ping! Zine) – Accessibility to wireless hotspots made a major gain on Monday. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, a new agreement has been reached by Comcast, Time Warner, Cox Communications, CableVision and Bright House Networks to provide their respective customers with additional Wi-Fi Access via a new network named “CableWifi.”

Over fifty thousand new hotspots outside customers’ traditional wireless ranges will become available thanks to the plan.

“We believe that WiFi is a superior approach to mobile data, and that 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,” commented Cablevision marketing executive Kristin Dolan in the Wall Street Journal’s report.

Wireless hotspots have long been used by people, especially on the go. However, in recent years, their demand has increased due to the spread of mobile devices including tablet computers that don’t always require the use of data plans.

WiFi access also remains increasingly popular in U.S. homes. A report released by Strategy Analytics last month indicated that 61% of U.S. households relied on the wireless online accessibility solution.