The Wi-Fi Alliance is hoping to give Wi-Fi-only service providers a boost by including a number of new features into its Passpoint certification program.
The FCC is letting it be known that it's not going to put up with Wi-Fi blockers, at least not when it comes to the Marriott hotel chain and facilities in Nashville, Tenn.
The importance of Wi-Fi to cable operators, mobile carriers and telcos is evidenced by the list of 14 companies joining the Wireless Broadband Alliance, whose mission includes enabling Wi-Fi interoperability and roaming. The group said the new members "have joined its efforts to unite the ecosystem and progress the development of carrier Wi-Fi throughout the world."
NTT DoCoMo has announced that it is offering a "premium" public Wi-Fi service, with a maximum speed of 72 Mbps, to travelers within Japan on a trial basis.
Cablevision said earlier this year it would reach some 1 million public Wi-Fi access points by the end of 2014. The cable MSO beat its forecast by five months, announcing it has already reached that 1 million hotspot goal.
Martin Walsh, the mayor of Boston, has proposed spending $10.75 million over a five-year period to expand the city's existing fiber-optic cable network to bring broadband Internet service to 100 additional schools and boost backhaul for public Wi-Fi hotspots.
The free Wi-Fi hotspots being rolled out across the nation by AT&T and Comcast help ease the consumption of cellular data, while providing better network speeds than what is typically delivered over 4G connection.
Austin city officials now have a great civic selling point to attract new residents, businesses and visitors: some of the fastest Internet connections in the nation.
Comcast Wi-Fi network only encompasses 1 million hotspots right now, but that number will skyrocket to a whopping 8 million by year's end, with the cable MSO promising to operate hotspots in 19 of the country's 30 largest cities.
Tablets are expected to make up a large majority of all mobile broadband connections in the U.S. over the next two years, according to a new report from the NPD Group.