Cable TV operators continue to be aggressive with WiFi, as Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) today announced that its Xfinity WiFi service is now available in California for no additional charge to Xfinity Internet residential customers or Comcast Business Class Internet customers.
The offering covers the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Fresno, Monterey, Santa Maria and Chico, among many other cities and towns in Northern and Central California, with wireless Internet service.
Comcast has installed and activated a few thousand Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout California, and the company said it will continue to install additional hotspots in California throughout the year. Prior to this announcement, most of Comcast's WiFi presence was in the New England and mid-Atlantic regions. The company recently expanded it New England WiFi coverage.
Even as cable TV companies have worked to enhance WiFi availability for their core residential customers, they have had their eyes on other prizes, expanding availability to business customers as well. The Cable WiFi cooperative roaming agreement will enhance the value of their WiFi coverage zones, and if they end up—as rumors and reports suggest—offering hybrid WiFi/cellular services in the future, the expanded coverage will come in very handy.
- here's the Comcast release
Comcast recently boasted about wireless gateway speeds
Comcast recently expanded its WiFi network in New England