Time Warner launches WiFi in Queens, Manhattan

The crowded air in and around the Big Apple is getting a little more congested. Time Warner Cable has launched WiFi service to about one million Road Runner residential customers in Manhattan and Queens, offering "free" portable Internet service to authorized subscribers.

Adding to that, TWC has cut a deal with Cablevision Systems so that these Road Runner subs also have access to thousands of free WiFi sites set up by that MSO in Long Island, northern New Jersey and Connecticut, and Manhattan bedroom communities. Comcast's Xfinity is also running WiFi in the area but so far, at least as best as can be determined, is not working with Time Warner.

The new TWC WiFi zones include eight commuter rail platforms on the Long Island Railroad; Bryant Park, Square Park and 79th Street Boat Basin in Manhattan; and four parks in Queens. Users, of course, must subscribe to Time Warner's Road Runner high-speed data service because they need a user ID and password to log on.

For more:
- see this news release

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