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Cablevision Expands Free Wi-Fi Network
Coverage now extends into CT, Dutchess/Westchester Counties...
by Karl Bode 08:48AM Wednesday Oct 15 2008
Cablevision has reached out to us to note that their effort to provide free Wi-Fi to all of their broadband subscribers is moving along. After lighting up a massive swath of Long Island in September, the company says they've activated high traffic areas of Connecticut -- as well as in Westchester/Dutchess counties in NY. The project was announced last May, will take roughly two years to complete, and will cost Cablevision about $100 per customer (Cablevision has 3.1 million cable customers, 2.4 million of whom have broadband). The service offers symmetrical 1.5Mbps speeds, according to Cablevision.


The move helps Cablevision differentiate themselves from FiOS across their footprint. You might recall that Verizon once offered free Wi-Fi in Manhattan, but scrapped the project back in 2005 because they feared it cannibalized the sale of their (then) $80 EVDO service. Cablevision COO Tom Rutledge has stated that Wi-Fi and Cablevision's planned DOCSIS 3.0 deployment combined will cost roughly about $315 million.

According to Cablevision, this is already the "largest and most advanced consumer Wi-Fi network in the nation, based on geographic coverage." The company also says they have more than doubled the size of its activated Optimum Wi-Fi service area just since its initial deployment update early last month. According to users in Cablevision markets, the company is deploying BelAir 100S Strand Mounted Wireless Multi-service Nodes and Cisco Aironet 1500 Series mesh access points on utility poles.

The company offers a new website to map Wi-Fi progress.

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Tomek
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It sucks to be...

Stuck without FIOS or CableVision.
Some areas just need to be on mercy of DSL or TWC
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Bobcat79
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It's not free

It's included in Cablevision's high rates.

Jeffrey
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Re: It's not free

said by Bobcat79:

It's included in Cablevision's high rates.
What is CV charging for bundled Optimum Online, these days. I'm not talking about the triple play for the yearly promotional pricing. I mean after that promotional period is over, how much is non-Boost Optimum Online? It's been 3 or 4 years since I had CV, but this free wifi they provide is kind of a nice perk. It popped up as an available wireless network a week or two ago near me.
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optimumguy
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1 recommendation

Re: It's not free

Optimum online by it self is $49.95 or with optimum voice
Bobcat79
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said by Jeffrey:

this free wifi they provide is kind of a nice perk.
"Free" for 50% more than my DSL.

Jeffrey
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Re: It's not free

said by Bobcat79:

said by Jeffrey:

this free wifi they provide is kind of a nice perk.
"Free" for 50% more than my DSL.
True, DSL I'm sure offers you a bit less speed. None the less, if you don't need that speed, then you're doing better paying less for DSL.
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GeekNJ
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said by Bobcat79:

It's included in Cablevision's high rates.
Same rates for Verizon FIOS. No difference in cost. So I don't think the rates are high, just what the market is willing to pay. Referencing »www22.verizon.com/content/consum···ices.htm the price seems to fall between the 2 FIOS tiers which are slightly lower and higher in speeds.
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Bobcat79
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Re: It's not free

You may not think Cablevision's rates are high, but I can't afford $45 per month for Internet service. CV's crappy TV service is $50 per month, and that's too high, too.

GeekNJ
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Re: It's not free

The message conveyed in your email was their specific prices were too high. Their prices seem in line with what I pay for the similar service from a comparable corporation in the same market. So their prices are no higher or lower then their competition. So it's like saying Shell's gas prices are too high when they are the same as Exxon's, Gulf's etc. More appropriately, "gas prices are too high".

But I concur that "included" is more accurate then "free" but that is marketing and not reality.
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Bobcat79
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Re: It's not free

Cablevision's prices are 50% higher than my DSL.

GeekNJ
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Re: It's not free

Verizon's FIOS prices are 50% higher then your DSL.

Verizon's DSL prices are 3x the price of NetZero dialup.

Please compare like to like for services if you're comparing prices.
Bobcat79
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Re: It's not free

I stand by my statement that Cablevision's rates are high.

If you want to say that Verizon FiOS rates are equally high, that's fine by me.

But I stand by my statement that Cablevision's rates are high.
xirian
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No signal

According to their map my block is covered but I can't pick it up on my iPhone nor my macbook when I'm outside yet.
majortom1029

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Lindenhurst, NY
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Re: No signal

That probably means they installed the access point but havent activated it yet.
patcat88

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Jamaica, NY
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finally fixed the site

Areas of CT have had the wifi for months now, some since the initial announcement and were listed on the pre-google maps page.

Then they redid the website of the wifi service to look be beta-ish, and removed all non Nassau/Suffolk wifi coverage on their map. They finally corrected that mistake.

NwkEWR
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Metro Northern NJ...Always at the Tail End...

...of every deployment from whomever it may come from, we might see this deployment by 2012, but according to most of the world's religions and philosophies that's the year when the planet goes to pots, what else is new?

Olias
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Re: Metro Northern NJ...Always at the Tail End...

said by NwkEWR:

...of every deployment from whomever it may come from, we might see this deployment by 2012, but according to most of the world's religions and philosophies that's the year when the planet goes to pots, what else is new?
Maybe not-about the deployment. it seems they sprung the Bronx/Westchester rollout all at once. NJ already have WiFi spots in Bergen and Morris Counties, perhaps they're quietly adding nodes across those areas-including Paterson and Newark.
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