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Cable Technology Feature Article

August 17, 2011

Cablevision Guides Optimum Wi-Fi Users via New iO TV Channel

By Tammy Wolf, TMCnet Web Editor

Cablevision customers, next time you’re looking for a way to connect to your Optimum (News - Alert) Wi-Fi, look no further than your TV.

According to an announcement, Cablevision has launched a personalized and highly-interactive channel on iO TV that will function as a resource for finding and using Optimum Wi-Fi.

Located on iO TV channel 910, this channel will provide localized and expandable maps displaying both indoor and outdoor Optimum Wi-Fi access points, customer-centric Optimum ID information, and an array of tutorials on setting up a new Optimum ID and how to use Optimum Wi-Fi on specific devices.

“Much more than a generic promotional effort, the Optimum Wi-Fi Channel is a highly personal and interactive resource that provides our customers indoor and outdoor Optimum Wi-Fi locations near where they live and work, the specific Optimum IDs associated with their home or business, and extensive information on how to use Optimum Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet with their device,” said Kevin Curran, Cablevision’s senior vice president of wireless product management. “Optimum Wi-Fi is a unique and valuable benefit for Optimum Online high-speed Internet customers, and we hope this new source of information will raise awareness and give our customers the tools they need to get online when away from their wired connections.”

Available for free to all Optimum Online high-speed Internet customers, Optimum Wi-Fi provides Internet access across thousands of indoor and outdoor locations within Cablevision’s service area, at speeds up to 15 Mbps downstream, and 4 Mbps upstream. According to the company, Optimum Wi-Fi is the faster option when compared to costly cellular data service on 3G and 4G networks, and is three times as fast as the U.S.’s average wired residential broadband service.

Optimum Wi-Fi usage instructions will also be delivered via 30-second Optimum Wi-Fi commercials currently being broadcasted on TV. During these commercials, once a banner appears at the bottom of the TV screen, customers will have the option to hit “select” for more information.

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Tammy Wolf is a TMCnet web editor. She covers a wide range of topics, including IP communications and information technology. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny