RCN Plugs In Home Networking in NYC


RCN Corp. is continuing the rollout of its home-networking service, this time
extending it to its prime New York City market.

The Princeton, N.J.-based competitive cable provider rolled out the service
to all of its Queens market and the 75% of its Manhattan system that has been
upgraded to two-way, 860-megahertz capacity, with the remainder of that market
to be upgraded by the end of the year.

For an introductory $9.95 monthly fee, the home-networking service offers
customers a way to link multiple computers and devices to their "MegaModem"
high-speed-data connection.

The package includes free professional installation, firewall, parental
controls and around-the-clock technical support, plus the option of using Wi-Fi
wireless Ethernet or in-home wiring to share the connection. Linking two devices
is free, but there is an additional $49.95 one-time fee for each additional
device connected.

"With the launch of home networking in the New York market, we continue to
leverage the benefits of our Manhattan network upgrade," said Mike Angi, chief
network officer and general manager for the New York market, in a