Cablevision, Time Warner, Comcast debut free Wi-Fi in New York metro area

Summary:Cablevision, Time Warner and Comcast have announced a partnership that will allow subscribers in the New York City metropolitan area to freely roam on any of the companies' Wi-Fi networks.

Cablevision, Time Warner and Comcast (Xfinity) have announced a partnership that will allow subscribers in the New York City metropolitan area to freely roam on any of the companies' Wi-Fi networks.

The move is a major coup for the most populous city in the United States (and much of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut), and a win for the (almost) public Wi-Fi movement that's had difficulty sustaining itself in the past.

The service is available starting today, and allows you to use a smartphone or laptop to access the Internet.

Where can you find access? Locations such as train stations and public parks, for example.

The business logic for the move is simple: all three companies are under siege by telecommunications giants Verizon and AT&T, which are encroaching on their turf in NYC by offering high-speed Internet and cable television connectivity.

A little competition can't hurt, can it?

[via The Star-Ledger]

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation

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