Microsoft and Google are partnering with cable companies for expanding WiFi access. Google and Microsoft are joining Charter, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable. These organizations are launching a coalition called WifiForward.
The coalition seeks to lobby the government to free up more spectrum that could be used for WiFi to free up networks that will likely become more congested in the next few years. Cisco said that 57% of mobile data traffic in the U.S. is carried over WiFi despite the rise of LTE-capable smartphones.
It is surprising that there aren’t any wireless carriers like Verizon or AT&T that are involved in WifiForward. This news arrives on the heels of Comcast announcing the acquisition of Time Warner Cable.