Five of the largest cable companies have teamed up to create a single, high-capacity Wi-Fi network with more than 50,000 hotspots across the country. If you're a customer of Comcast, Time Warner, Cablevision, Bright House or Cox, you can access free Wi-Fi hotspots through any of these providers. The launch of this service, dubbed "CableWiFi," was announced on Monday at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association's Cable Show in Boston, Mass.
In an effort to compete with mobile and satellite companies, cable suppliers hope a vast Wi-Fi network will lure new customers and help retain their current subscribers. The bulk of the hotspots are currently located in New York City and the surrounding tri-state area, Philadelphia, Tampa, Orlando and Los Angeles. However, cable companies plan to expand their territory over time. Read more