Comcast Wi-Fi hotspots reach 1M milestone

Comcast announced that it now has 1 million U.S. Wi-Fi hotspots. The news was released amid rumors that the cable MSO is thinking of launching a Wi-Fi-centric wireless service. The operator noted it has deployed its Xfinity-brand Wi-Fi hotspots in a vast array of public venues across major cities such as San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta as well as areas of New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. In addition, most Comcast Business Internet customers, including cafes and retailers, are eligible to receive an Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot for no additional charge when they order service. Comcast also provides its residential customers with Xfinity Wireless Gateways that have a second "xfinitywifi" SSID for use by other Xfinity Internet subscribers without the need to know a homeowner's private network password. For more, see this Comcast release.