5 ISPs Team Up for Massive Wi-Fi Hot Spot Initiative

Rhett Pardon

BOSTON —  More Wi-Fi hot spots nationwide means greater and faster connectivity for consumers.

On Monday, some of the nation's top broadband operators announced that they would team up and offer free Wi-Fi access to customers in more than 50,000 hotspots around the country.

Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks announced on the first day of The Cable Show convention in Boston that they'd enable introduce "CableWiFi," which allows each other's customers to access their Wi-Fi hot spots.

The CableWiFi network will be added to each of the participating cable companies' services in the coming months.

Once subscribers have signed on once to any of the CableWiFi networks, they can authenticate to other CableWiFi networks.

So far, the cable operators have enabled more than 50,000 Wi-Fi hot spots in Los Angeles, New York, Tampa, Orlando and Philadelphia.