As the sun rose this morning in Boston, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable revealed they will allow each other’s high-speed Internet customers to access their metro Wi-Fi networks, totaling more than 50,000 hotspots.
Subscribers will use the new network name, “CableWiFi,” when accessing the Wi-Fi hotspots outside their home market.
“The first implementation is already complete as Bright House Networks and Cablevision launched ‘CableWiFi’ alongside their branded Wi-Fi networks in the New York City area and central Florida earlier this month,” the partners noted. “Over the next few months, the ‘CableWiFi’ network name will be added by each of the cable companies to their branded Wi-Fi hotspots.”
Here’s how it works: When traveling outside their home markets, high-speed Internet subscribers of the participating companies will look for the “CableWiFi” network and, through a simple sign-on process, will connect using the same credentials as when accessing their providers’ Wi-Fi networks. In the coming months, users will be able to have their devices auto-connect to the Internet when located in any of the “Cable WiFi” hotspots.
The network has both indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi hotspots located in such popular, high-traffic locations as shopping districts, cafes, malls, arenas, restaurants, parks and beaches. Subscribers will be able to find the nearest WiFi hotspots by visiting the WiFi homepage of their current cable provider or going to www.cablewifi.com.?