Five Cable Firms to Share Wi-Fi Hot Spots

Five large cable operators said Monday they will join forces to give customers access to each other’s wireless Internet hot spots in the most sweeping Wi-Fi roaming agreement struck by the industry to date.

The consortium includes Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc., Cablevision Systems Corp., Bright House Networks LLC and Cox Communications Inc. Consumers will be able to access more than 50,000 Wi-Fi hot spots in the New York area, Los Angeles, Tampa, Orlando and Philadelphia. Most of the operators offer the service only as a perk to current broadband subscribers — but Time Warner Cable has offered a pay-as-you-go option for non-customers as well.

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