Broadband Briefs for 07/28/09
• Cox Business rolls out VoiceManager in N.Va.
By Traci Patterson
Northern Virginia businesses now have access to Cox Business’ VoiceManager telephony platform, which integrates the desktop phone, PC and wireless devices.
Cox Business has already rolled out VoiceManager in several markets, including Rhode Island, Connecticut, Hampton Roads, Va., Kansas, Las Vegas, Oklahoma, Omaha, Neb., Phoenix, Ariz., and Orange County and San Diego, Calif.
Cox Business VoiceManager offers unified messaging, enhanced productivity, complete mobility and business continuity.
• Verizon gives free Wi-Fi to Internet customers
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon is giving some of its home broadband customers free access to thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots in airports and other public places, taking a page from competitors that already offer wireless Internet access. Verizon is buying Wi-Fi access from Boingo Wireless Inc.
The offer excludes Verizon Communications Inc. customers on the cheapest DSL and FiOS Internet plans. To use a hotspot, the customer must install software that works only on computers with Windows Vista or XP installed. Phones, iPods and Macintosh computers with Wi-Fi can't access the hotspots.
Cablevision System Corp. has a Wi-Fi network in the New York area. AT&T Inc. also operates a wide network of Wi-Fi hotspots in public places, including restaurants.