/// Cable Cos to Share Access on 50,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots
Cable TV companies are trying to give customers another reason not to cancel their service: better access to Wi-Fi hotspots.
Five major operators with nearly 40 million broadband subscribers will let each other’s customers access more than 50,000 Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide for no extra charge.
The initiative adds Internet customers of Cox Communications and Bright House Networks to an existing deal between Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Cablevision Systems Corp.
The hotspots are in New York City and the surrounding area; Los Angeles; Tampa, Fla.; Orlando, Fla.; and Philadelphia.
Cable TV companies have been battling to retain video customers as more people watch TV shows and movies over the Internet and through DVD rental services such as Netflix Inc. The companies have found growth instead in high-speed Internet.