Cox Completes ‘CableWiFi’ Connection With TWC

On Deck: A Wi-Fi Roaming Hook-Up With Bright House

Cox Communications said that broadband customers who take the MSO’s Preferred, Premiere or  Ultimate speed tiers now have free access to about 200,000 hotspots deployed by the “CableWiFi” roaming alliance after completing an integration with Time Warner Cable.

That group, currently made up of Cox, Cablevision Systems, Comcast, Bright House Communications and TWC, already has designs on a Wi-Fi network that could extend to 500,000 hotspots and beyond.

Cox said the latest round of integrations allow its customers to connect with TWC hotspots broadcasting the “CableWiFi” SSID in markets such as Los Angeles, New York City, Austin, Charlotte and Kansas City.

In August, Cox announced it had completed similar integrations with hotspots deployed and operated by Comcast and Cablevision. Cox is working on similar arrangements that will extend access to Wi-Fi hotspots run by Bright House in markets such as Orlando and Tampa.

For its part, Cox has already deployed about 1,600 Wi-Fi  hotspots that broadcast the “CoxWiFi” and “CableWiFi” SSIDs in parts of Connecticut and Northern Virginia, a Cox official confirmed. Once customers logon to a CableWiFi hotspot, their device will automatically recognize and logon to other CableWiFi hotspots  for one full year, Cox said. That’s up from a previous automated connection period of 180 days.