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Cable Technology Feature Article

April 06, 2009

Customers Accessed the Internet More Than One Million Times with Optimum WiFi, According to Cablevision

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

According to Cablevision, customers of its Optimum (News - Alert) Online high-speed Internet have already accessed the Web more than one million times over its new Optimum WiFi service.
Optimum WiFi (News - Alert) allows the customers to connect to the Internet at super fast speeds as it is a collection of thousands of Internet access points in public locations. According to Cablevision, the Optimum WiFi community zones are available nearly anywhere from shopping centers to train platforms to parks.
The company is making its WiFi network available in Long Island, Connecticut and Westchester country. Other areas such as Bergen and Passaic counties in New Jersey and at hundreds of commuter rail stations across the New York metropolitan area will also receive this service.
According to Cablevision, the company’s Optimum Online high-speed Internet service is the most highly-penetrated Internet service in the nation. The service has 2.5 million customers and a broadband market share exceeding 70 percent in the company's service area.
The customers of Optimum Online can stay connected wherever they are at no additional cost. Optimum Online customers using laptop computers and portable WiFi-enabled devices like the iPhone, iPod touch and some BlackBerry (News - Alert) models can access Optimum WiFi through a simple sign-on screen.
“Optimum WiFi is as valuable to consumers and as disruptive to existing wireless data providers as our residential voice product was to traditional landline telephony," said Tom Rutledge, Cablevision's chief operating officer. "Unlike wireless data plans, which can cost $100 per month or more and require long-term contracts and the purchase of additional equipment, Optimum WiFi is free to our high-speed Internet customers.”

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray