Comcast offers free WiFi service in affected storm areas2012-11-01 09:35 by Daniela
Tags: Comcast, Wireless, Sandy
Comcast on Wednesday said it's opening up its WiFi hotspots to anyone in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, even if they subscribe to a rival Internet provider. The states where Comcast is offering the service include: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Comcast's hotspots can be found both indoors and outdoors in parks, public places, public transportation, and shopping malls. The cable provider operates some 50,000 of these hotspots across the country, mostly across the Northeast and in California. People can renew their free Wifi service every two hours through Nov. 7, the company said.
Meanwhile, AT&T and T-Mobile on Wednesday agreed to let their customers in New York and New Jersey use either company's mobile network to make calls. The announcement came on the heels of the Federal Communications Commission reporting on Tuesday that roughly 25 percent of cell towers were out of service due to Sandy.
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