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Comcast’s turns on 900 Wi-Fi hotspots in Utah

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 1:08pm
Mike Robuck

Comcast has launched its Xfinity WiFi service in Utah by lighting up 900 access points in Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo and other cities along the Wasatch Front.

Comcast also recently announced it had turned on 300 hotspots in the Kansas City area, which is also served in some areas by Time Warner Cable’s Wi-Fi service. Comcast faces competition from Google Fiber’s video and data offerings in Kansas City, and, eventually, Provo.

Comcast’s Xfinity WiFi service is free to the company’s data subscribers, and its available in high traffic areas in Utah, including parks, shopping districts, schools, and small businesses.

“People use the Internet on the go all the time, but mobile data plans are increasingly limited and can be expensive,” said Comcast Regional Vice President Kyle McSlarrow. “With Xfinity WiFi, now our customers can save mobile phone data and get faster Internet while they’re out and about.”

Comcast Wi-Fi users also have access to more than 300,000 hotspots nationwide through Xfinity Wi-Fi and the CableWiFi roaming partnership. The CableWiFi alliance, which was announced at last year’s Cable Show in Boston, includes hotspots from Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks. Collectively the MSOs in the partnership have laid claim to having the largest Wi-Fi network in the nation.

Earlier this year, Comcast announced it would have millions of Wi-Fi access points available for its customers to access through its neighborhood hotspot initiative, which uses subscribers’ home gateways

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