AT&T said Monday that it will offer millions of its broadband Internet customers free access to nearly 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide.
The free Wi-Fi service -- which will help AT&T to compete against Comcast, Time Warner Cable and other cable operators offering high-speed-Internet access -- is available at McDonalds restaurants, Barnes & Noble bookstores, coffee shops and sporting venues.
Effective Monday, AT&T residential and business customers who subscribe to broadband packages offering 3-megabit-per-second downstream speedswill get access to the free Wi-Fi access, AT&T said. Qualifying packages include AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Pro, AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Elite and its FastAccess Xtreme packages.
AT&T said the free Wi-Fi service will benefit customers that rely on Wi-Fi enabled devices such as Apple’s iPhone, laptops and personal digital assistants.