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As Cox Communications joins Cablevision, Comcast and Time Warner Cable in offering its customers free Wi-Fi Hotspots (Cox just announcing 769 new Hotspots in Northern Virginia), it occurs to us that cable has officially provided well over 100,000 Wi-Fi locations nationwide. With these outside-the-home locations, cable customers can freely access high-speed Internet on smartphones, tablets, and laptops in thousands of locations.
Believe it or not, Wi-Fi networks carry more Internet traffic to consumer devices than wireless and wired connections combined. Delivering the freedom to do what we want, where we want, on whatever device we want and still get a super speedy Internet connection has always been the goal of cable broadband providers. Thanks to thousands of accessible Cable Wi-Fi spots like those in Northern Virginia, that goal is a reality.
One of the ways this kind of rapid and inclusive Wi-Fi expansion has been made possible is by the foresight of US government policy makers who saw Wi-Fi’s potential and created new spectrum bands that could be used with minimal government involvement. This policy encourages innovation by allowing anyone to use unlicensed spectrum without a maze of rules and processes. It’s estimated that $50 billion is generated annually by unlicensed spectrum.
By providing easily available Wi-Fi hotspots all around the country, Cable broadband providers are investing big to make the Internet the “everywhere experience” it was always meant to be.
To learn where Cable Wi-Fi hotspots are now, go to www.cablewifi.com, pick your provider, and see where you can go and get free Internet.
 Derrived from data in Cisco VNI, Strategy Analytis and the ITU.