Time Warner Cable is offering a free Wi-Fi service to its subscribers in the New York City area, and also access to Cablevision’s Wi-Fi hotspots through a partnership.
Time Warner Cable, the nation’s second-largest cable operator, said the Wi-Fi service will give one million New York City area Road Runner customers access to Wi-Fi at several of its locations, but the addition of Cablevision bumps up the access to thousands of sites throughout Cablevision’s New York City metropolitan footprint.
While Cablevision covers areas outside of the New York City boroughs, its Optimum WiFi users will be able to use Time Warner Cable’s hotspots in the city, including zones in Manhattan and Queens. Time Warner Cable also has Wi-Fi enabled in several parks and some Long Island Railroad platforms and parking lots.
Time Warner Cable zones include:
- Eight commuter rail platforms on the Long Island Railroad Port Washington line: Woodside, Flushing Main Street, Murray Hill, Broadway, Auburndale, Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck;
- Manhattan: Bryant Park, Madison Square Park and 79th Street Boat Basin;
- Four parks in Queens: Bowne Park and Kissena Park in Flushing, Baisley Pond Park and Railroad Park in Jamaica.
Time Warner Cable’s New York City service area includes Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, western Brooklyn, Mt. Vernon, parts of the Hudson Valley region, and Bergen and Hudson Counties in New Jersey. Cablevision’s coverage area includes Long Island, parts of New Jersey and Connecticut, Westchester, Rockland, Northern Hudson Valley, the Bronx, and Brooklyn.
“Our sophisticated network is a combination of wireless and wireline services, bringing a wide spectrum of products and services to our customers. This free new Wi-Fi option adds another dimension for Road Runner customers, bringing even more convenience,” stated Howard Szarfarc, Executive Vice President of the company’s New York City Region. “Road Runner customers can experience a fast, simple and easy connection from their laptops or portable Wi-Fi enabled devices in Time Warner Cable Wi-Fi zones, meeting their growing need for mobility.”
Cablevision’s Optimum WiFi offering, which is also free to its data subscribers, launched in 2008 with an estimated price tag of $300 million.
“Optimum WiFi has become a valuable and popular enhancement for our high-speed Internet customers, who appreciate the ability to take their Internet connection ‘to go’ when they are out of the home or office,” said Kevin Curran, Cablevision’s Senior Vice President of Wireless Development. “We are very pleased to help mark the launch of Time Warner Cable Wi-Fi by linking our networks and expanding our customers’ access to fast and free wireless Internet, especially as demand for mobile data continues to increase.”
Time Warner Cable data subscribers can access the Wi-Fi hotspots by using their Road Runner IDs and passwords on a sign-in screen.
Earlier this year, Cablevision launched an automatic sign-in feature that allows its users to automatically connect after their initial sign ins.
Time Warner Cable and Cablevision are both competing with Verizon throughout the New York City metropolitan area.