15 thoughts on “Cablevision Rolls Out Free Wi-Fi Network On Long Island”

  1. Finally! I have been waiting for the cable companies to start this for a while now. This is exactly what I thought that they should do.
    They have the wires running down every street, all they need to do is throw up some routers. It seems like a no-brainer to me.

    1. Wow,
      I wish I was on Long Island! I’m here in Los Angeles and lackluster Time Warner has me paying $99 a month for “Business Class” 15-2 speeds! 15mb down and 2 up and it actually doesn’t reach those speeds. We can’t get Verizon FIOS here so they continue to cash in! Time Warner Cable is last in line when it comes to progress in this area! Booo!

  2. This is a great move on Cablevision’s part. They are at the forefront of the cable industry, primarily because they face the stiffest competition from FiOS. While other Cable Co’s were maintaining status quo, CV rolled out VoIP, dropped prices (business prices are the same as residential), offered free HD and now free wifi. Moves like this annoy the other MSO’s to no end.

    Warning iPhone users- From Safari you will be prompted for your main optonline account name and password. The wifi is only available through Safari, not other applications. This is something I hope they correct quickly.

  3. To obtain a greater understanding of the competition read the following article.

    A Smart Bet Or a Big Mistake?
    1671 words
    19 August 2008
    The New York Times
    Late Edition – Final

  4. Om, I think you should say given your experience with most non-managed open Wi-Fi networks. The OptimumWiFi network is a managed service, where subscribers can expect support for issues that they may have. Free Wi-Fi access bundled with your home broadband subscription is a pretty winning proposition. Even if it is only 1.5Meg upload and download to begin with.

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