If you happen to be a customer of Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications or Time Warner Cable, there is some really good news in the form of an official sharing agreement of WiFi spectrum allowing customers of any of these cable companies to gain access to the WiFi networks of any of the companies.
In Norwalk, Connecticut or Cablevision country, you could drive a few dozen miles in one direction and run into a Cox Cable jurisdiction and a few dozen miles in another direction gets you into Time Warner territory. Of course your situation may vary but it is great to know that as you travel around the US you will have access to lots of access points which were once off limits.
In April, 2010 some of these providers stuck a similar deal but to date I have never been able to successfully use WiFi belonging to the other providers – just Optimum WiFi provided by Cablevision.
Perhaps I will have better luck with the new network which has the SSID of CableWiFi. In a perfect world – you log onto this network and use it as you roam this vast country we call the U S of A.
The best news is as 4G providers start to become more restrictive on their bandwidth use, WiFi networks provided by the cablecos will come to the rescue meaning consumers will have to think long and hard before switching from cable to telco-based service home broadband.
Could Verizon and AT&T counter this offer with their own “bundle” of wireless and landline service? Yes, absolutely. It remains to be seen if they care enough about their landline businesses to worry about this new or at least more unified threat.
Hat Tip: PC World
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- Cablevision Optimum WiFi a True Differentiator
- Interviewed by BusinessWeek About Cablevision Optimum WiFi
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