CableWiFi: Cable Firms to Join on 50,000 Hotspots

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Being a Bright House, Optimum, Xfinity, Cox Communications, and Time Warner Cable subscriber is about to get a bit better. Or at least it will if you're the type that's always searching for a public WiFi hotspot.

Five of the nation's largest cable companies have teamed up to allow their customers to access over 50,000 hotspots that they will jointly be rolling out across the country. When you see the "CableWiFi" network name, you'll be able to login with your cable company account and start surfing the web or checking email.

Even if you are outside your cable territory, you will be able to log on. That means if you pay for Time Warner Cable in New York, you'll still be able to log on to the CableWiFi network in Los Angeles or Las Vegas.  Access will be free for any paying cable subscriber.

The first "CableWiFi" networks have already been implemented in parts of New York City and central Florida. According to a statement put out by the companies, the network will be rolling out to each of the cable companies WiFi hotspots in the next couple of months.

All the 50,000 hotspots will eventually be listed at

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