Comcast takes on Verizon with the addition of 50,000 public hotspots

Comcast adds millions of new residential hotspots around the US as it competes with AT&T and others in the industry.

@ShaneMcGlaun
Published Thu, Jun 12 2014 7:03 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:16 PM CST

Comcast and Verizon are fighting to have the most coverage for public Wi-Fi hotspots in some parts of the US. This week Comcast made a big announcement that will help it to compete better in the market with the addition of 50,000 new public hotspots.

Comcast takes on Verizon with the addition of 50,000 public hotspots | TweakTown.com

Late Tuesday afternoon Comcast turned the Wi-Fi routers of about 50,000 residential users into Wi-Fi hotspots. On Wednesday of this week an additional 3 million residential hotspots were turned on around the country. Comcast says that the goal of the program is to make it easier to use home Wi-Fi networks.

Comcast's Amalia O'Sullivan said, "Instead of coming over to your house and saying, 'Hey, what's your Wi-Fi password?' your friends can just connect to the Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot." Comcast has said that the roll out of residential hotspots could help make a Wi-Fi first service that uses both mobile radio connectivity and Wi-Fi.

Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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