Time Warner Cable Launches Wi-Fi HotSpots

Updated: Time Warner Cable this morning confirmed that it’s launching Wi-Fi hotspots for customers of its NYC RoadRunner broadband service. According to the company:

Through a partnership with Cablevision, Time Warner Cable customers will also have access to thousands of free Optimum WiFi locations throughout Cablevision’s service area. Time Warner Cable Wi-Fi is now available at several Wi-Fi zones in Manhattan and Queens, including several parks and some Long Island Railroad platforms and their respective parking lots in the company’s service area.

High-Speed Internet customers of both Time Warner Cable and Cablevision will be able to access free, unlimited Wi-Fi services in each other’s New York City metro service areas, allowing for a fast Internet connection at designated Wi-Fi zones. Time Warner Cable Road Runner customers will have access to Cablevision’s Optimum WiFi network, and Cablevision’s Optimum Online customers will have access to Time Warner Cable Wi-Fi zones when they travel out of their service area.

Time Warner Cable Wi-Fi zones include:

  • Eight commuter rail platforms on the Long Island Railroad Port Washington line: Woodside, Flushing Main Street, Murray Hill, Broadway, Auburndale, Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck;
  • Manhattan: Bryant Park, Madison Square Park and 79th Street Boat Basin;
  • Four parks in Queens: Bowne Park and Kissena Park in Flushing, Baisley Pond Park and Railroad Park in Jamaica.

Time Warner Cable (s TWC), a large cable service provider based in New York City, is likely to launch a Wi-Fi initiative as soon as tomorrow, according to those familiar with company’s plans. Time Warner Cable is likely to launch Wi-Fi hotspots in New York’s oft-used areas such as train stations, bus terminals and other popular public spaces. The Wi-Fi access mostly likely will be a free service for Time Warner Cable’s ISP customers.

The Wi-Fi zones were first launched by Cablevision, the Long Island-based cable company, almost two years ago and have seen more usage of this free service. Many are using Wi-Fi to connect their iPhones. Time Warner Cable can use Wi-Fi to blunt the relentless attacks from Verizon’s FiOS offering on its broadband offering.

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