Metro-NY TV, phone and internet provider Cablevision plans to dramatically expand its Wi-Fi service beyond 15 metropolitan area communities where it is now offered, company officials said yesterday. They hope to complete the project in about two years. The service will be available without charge to Cablevision customers who have Optimum Online service.
Cablevision's announcement comes a few days after Comcast and Time Warner announced a partnership with Sprint Nextel and Clearwire to build a similar nationwide broadband wireless network. Verizon has been offering WiFi service for more than a year.
Cablevision presently provides WiFi in several communities on Long Island, in New Jersey, the Bronx, Westchester, Connecticut, and on the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson ferry across Long Island Sound.
Cablevision said Optimum Online customers will be able to access the Internet using laptops, phones or other devices when in a WiFi zone, including beaches, parks or suburban streets. It will cost the company approximately $100 per customer to build the system. Cablevision services about 3 million homes. (info from Newsday)