Comcast & Cablevision: Race for Commuter Wi-Fi?

Posted by Sam Churchill on

Cablevision will announce its New Jersey WiFi program this week, says Cablevision’s cable television operations serve more than 3 million households in the New York metropolitan area.

Cablevision is spending about $300 million over a two-year period to deploy the service across its footprint in the New York area through its Optimum WiFi program, which was launched throughout the tri-state area last fall.

The Cablevision WiFi system will be available free to subscribers of their cable modem service.

Meanwhile, Comcast is testing WiFi service at about 120 NJ Transit rail stations, targeting commuters. Unstrung notes that Comcast is conducting a technical trail in New Jersey Transit commuter rail stations. It is providing free wireless access if you’re a cable modem customer. This is strictly a technical trial,” says Comcast spokeswoman Mary Nell Westbrook, who stressed that the Comcast’s WiFi activities are completely separate to those involving WiMax. No formal announcement of Comcast’s WiFi commuter service has been made.

Last month, AT&T and Verizon said they added a combined 600,000 customers nationwide for their U-verse and FiOS television services during the fourth quarter.

“New Jersey is a fast-growing area for Verizon, so industry insiders know that our gains are coming from someone’s losses,” said spokesman Rich Young. “We consider cable’s local WiFi initiatives to be nothing more than a marketing stunt.”

Posted by Sam Churchill on Monday, March 2nd, 2009 at 12:01 pm .

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