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Comcast Rolls Wi-Fi Into Kansas City and Utah

Nails Up 300 Hotspots in K.C., 1,000-Plus In Several Utah Markets, including Ogden, Salt Lake City and Provo 10/17/2013 4:37 PM Eastern

Comcast said it has extended its Wi-Fi network in the Kansas City metro area and several cities in Utah, including Ogden, Salt Lake City and Provo.

In K.C., Comcast has installed and activated more than 300 hotspots in “major public venues” such as the Independence Events Center along with dozens of local businesses and gathering spots, with plans to add more locations on an ongoing basis.

The Utah Xfinity WiFi rollout already encompasses more than 1,000 hotspots, touching parts of Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo other cities along the Wasatch Front. Installations include the Temple Square neighborhood, the University Mall in Orem and downtown Sugar House. Comcast also plans to expand its wireless network in Utah.

Coincidentally, Comcast’s latest mix of Wi-Fi deployments also happen to include areas where the MSO will lock horns with Google Fiber, which has already launched services in small pockets of the Kansas City area, and is getting ready to turn up its bundle of broadband and TV services in Provo.

Comcast will provide access to those Wi-Fi hotspots for free to its own cable modem subs as well as customers who get broadband from the other MSOs that make up the “CableWiFi” roaming partnership -- Time Warner Cable, Cablevision Systems, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks. Together, those MSOs have deployed more than 200,000 Wi-Fi hotspots.

Comcast has also begun to rollout a program that will eventually turn millions of DOCSIS-powered wireless gateways in customer homes into quasi-public hot spots that emit separate “xfinitywifi” signals, or SSIDs (service set identifiers), that are accessible to authenticated, roaming Comcast broadband subs. That part of Comcast's Wi-Fi strategy is already underway in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Northern Virginia, and the greater Washington, D.C. metro area.

When factoring in those gateway-based Wi-Fi signals and other Wi-Fi gear deployed by Comcast and its cable Wi-Fi roaming partners, Comcast estimates that it now provides access to more than 300,000 hotspots.

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