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Cablevision hires Farrell, Plunkett to wireless division

Mon, 10/06/2008 - 8:25am
Mike Robuck

Cablevision recently added Tim Farrell and Craig Plunkett to its wireless broadband product division.

Farrell was named vice president of wireless product development, while Plunkett was hired as vice president of wireless market development. Both joined Cablevision last month, and they report to Kevin Curran, who is Cablevision’s senior vice president of Wi-Fi product development.

Cablevision recently announced completion of the initial phase of its Optimum Wi-Fi deployment (story here), which offers fast wireless Internet service in the commercial and high-traffic areas of the company's New York metropolitan service area as a free, value-added enhancement for Optimum Online high-speed Internet customers.

"We are very fortunate to have attracted two highly qualified and proven leaders from the wireless broadband field to our Optimum Wi-Fi management team," Curran said. "Tim and Craig bring a vast and meaningful working knowledge of this technology that will be invaluable as we continue our Wi-Fi deployment, which delivers an important and popular value-added product enhancement to our Optimum Online customers."

In his role, Farrell is responsible for product evolution and partnerships. Prior to joining Cablevision, he served as vice president of product, professional services and engineering for Boingo Wireless, a global Wi-Fi aggregator that enables consumers to access Wi-Fi at more than 100,000 hotspots worldwide with a single account

Plunkett is responsible for customer experience management and product implementation. Prior to Cablevision, he co-founded Fire Island Wireless (FIW), a wireless ISP serving the western communities of Fire Island. Created in 2004, FIW has pioneered the technology and business models to deliver fixed broadband and Wi-Fi hotspot access to the barrier islands of Long Island. He was the co-founder of Wi-RAN, a transportation Wi-Fi provider, delivering Internet access and vehicle location services to buses.

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