Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) is creating 190,000 new Xfinity WiFi hotspots in Michigan as part of an effort to connect home and business-based WiFi networks. Comcast said that the plan is to give existing customers high-speed wireless web access at no additional charge throughout the country so that they can watch TV and movies while surfing the web away from home.
?The infrastructure is in place, and we are becoming ? as a society ? data-centric,? stated Michelle Gilbert, spokeswoman for Comcast Cable?s Heartland Region. ?People want connectivity wherever they go.?
The technology creates a network that is accessible by anyone just about anywhere there are Xfinity customers. Comcast offers cable, Internet, and telephone services in Ann Arbor, Lansing, and several surrounding townships.
Comcast is planning to merge with Time Warner Cable and will spin off most of its Michigan customers into a new company. Comcast already has around 1 million WiFi hotspots nationwide and is planning to increase that eightfold by the end of the year. Non-Comcast customers would be eligible for two free 60-minute sessions a month and could purchase more access to the WiFi service.