One of the big trends in technology is mobility. It’s not enough to have a gadget or a service, you have to be able to take it with you and use it on-the-go.
This has not been the traditional province of cable operators, who have typically provided services to homes and businesses. But that’s been changing recently as operators look to provide community Wi-Fi.
Last September, Cablevision began deploying thousands of Wi-Fi access points in its Long Island, Connecticut, Westchester/Dutchess and New Jersey service areas. Subscribers to Cablevision’s Optimum Online high-speed Internet service can then connect to at no additional cost. “Optimum WiFi” is located in “high-traffic and commercial locations like downtown areas, parks and other outdoor locations,” as well as “hundreds of commuter rail platforms and station parking lots.”
(I’m constantly whipping out my iPod Touch to check for Wi-Fi and I’ve found Optimum hotspots in strip malls in Long Island.)
Yesterday, Cablevision announced “its Optimum Online customers have accessed the Internet more than two million times for free over Optimum WiFi, and are averaging more than one million minutes online per day.” Plans call for the Optimum WiFi network to be completely deployed throughout its New York-Connecticut-New Jersey footprint by early next year.
Earlier this week, a similar service was announced out west in Oregon. BendBroadband announced plans to provide wi-fi access to their high-speed Internet customers at major public parks, the Deschutes County Fairgrounds, the Les Schwab Amphitheater and other popular locations in Bend, Redmond and Sisters.
Detailed information on Optimum WiFi and interactive network coverage maps are available online at www.optimumwifi.com. Residents of Central Oregon can cast their vote for additional Wi-Fi locations at www.bendbroadband.com.