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]
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