Free Roaming WiFi Coming to New York City

This post is about Free roaming WiFi Internet access but with a caveat.

The caveat is that if you’re already a paying Internet access subscriber of Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox, Comcast or Bright House Networks in New York City, parts of the Tri-State area, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Tampa or Orlando you can get free WiFi.

The five cable companies have cobbled together a plan to let each other’s high-speed Internet customers access their WiFi hotspots.

Say, if you’re a Time Warner Cable customer in New York City on a visit to Los Angeles, you can get free access to Comcast’s free WiFi hotspots in LA and vice versa.

Together, these five cable companies now offer 50,000 WiFi hotspots in NYC and the surrounding Tri-State area, Los Angeles, Tampa, Orlando and Philadelphia.

The roaming WiFi is to be offered via a new CableWiFi network that subscribers can use when accessing WiFi hotspots outside their home market.

It seems the first implementation is already complete with Bright House Networks and Cablevision launching CableWiFi alongside their branded WiFi networks in the New York City area and central Florida earlier this month.

At least, so they say.

But I expect it’ll be a few months before the five cable companies have everything up and running and the CableWiFi network starts showing up in each of the cable operator’s branded WiFi hotspots.

Details: CableWiFi