TWC Tacks On More Wi-Fi

Deploys Hot Spots In Coachella Valley

Time Warner Cable said it has targeted Coachella Valley in southern California for its latest round of Wi-Fi network expansions, noting that it will also extend Wi-Fi access to the PGA West golf course in 2014.

TWC said it has deployed more than 13,000 hotspots over the last two years in the Los Angeles area, and has rolled out a total of 27,000 nationwide. The MSO also has deployments underway in Austin, Texas; Kansas City; Hawaii; Charlotte, N.C.; and New York City. TWC has nailed up almost 200 hotspots in the Coachella Valley, including parts of Palm Springs, the MSO told The Desert Sun.

In addition to offering free access to its own residential high-speed Internet customers (Standard tier and above) and to commercial customers, TWC’s Wi-Fi network is also accessible to the cable modem subscribers of Comcast, Cablevision Systems, Bright House Networks and Cox Communications. Those MSOs, part of the “Cable WiFi” roaming alliance, have collectively deployed more than 200,000 quasi-public hotspots in cities such as Chicago; Philadelphia; Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco; Orlando; and Tampa.

That number of is expected to grow to 500,000 and beyond.

Comcast, meanwhile, has begun to turn residential cable modem gateways into quasi-public Wi-Fi hotspots that broadcast a separate  “XfinityWiFi” SSID and provide wireless broadband access to roaming, authenticated Comcast cable modem subs.