Comcast Unveils Plans for Millions of Xfinity WiFi Hotspots Through Its Home-Based ‘Neighborhood Hotspot’ Initiative

  Comcast Unveils Plans for Millions of Xfinity WiFi Hotspots Through Its
  Home-Based ‘Neighborhood Hotspot’ Initiative

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Comcast, a global media and technology company, today announced plans to
create millions of WiFi access points for its customers through a neighborhood
hotspot initiative. Comcast is beginning to give its Xfinity Internet
customers an additional “xfinitywifi” signal (or SSID) in their home that is
completely separate and distinct from the family’s private and secure home
WiFi signal. Offered at no additional cost to Xfinity Internet residential
customers, the additional WiFi hotspots will enable friends, relatives,
visitors and other Xfinity Internet customers instant, easy access to fast and
reliable WiFi.

“WiFi is at the center of our strategy to offer our customers the best online
experience, whether it’s the fastest WiFi experience in the home, or a fast
and reliable WiFi environment outside the home,” said Tom Nagel, Senior Vice
President of Business Development, Comcast Cable. “WiFi is an important part
of our strategy to be the place where customers connect all devices, anywhere
and at any time.”

Comcast’s newest Wireless Gateway broadcasts two WiFi signals. By default, one
is securely configured for the private use of the home subscriber. The second
is a neighborhood “xfinitywifi” network signal that can be shared. This
creates an extension of the Xfinity WiFi network and will allow visiting
Xfinity Internet subscribers to sign in and connect using their own usernames
and passwords.

As the nation’s largest ISP with nearly 20 million customers, Comcast started
a neighborhood hotspot trial last year in parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey,
Northern Virginia and the Greater Washington, D.C. metro area. Currently, more
than 100,000 Xfinity Internet subscribers already enjoy these WiFi access
points being offered by other Xfinity Internet subscribers.

WiFi is part of Comcast’s broader strategy to create the foundation our
customers need to power their Internet-connected devices in and out of the
home. Comcast recently introduced a new Wireless Gateway that gives customers
the nation’s fastest wireless speeds with the most coverage throughout the
connected home. By combining WiFi speeds with the latest Xfinity apps, home
control technology and other Internet-enabled services, Comcast is giving
customers new, simple and convenient ways to take advantage of the speed
delivered on its broadband and WiFi networks.

Comcast’s WiFi strategy currently includes two approaches. The first is the
inclusion of tens of thousands of Xfinity WiFi access points in the CableWiFi
Alliance, which enables Xfinity Internet customers access to more than 150,000
indoor and outdoor WiFi hotspots on the go in more than a dozen major cities
across the country through the “CableWiFi” SSID. The second is this launch of
the new home-based, neighborhood hotspot initiative.

Comcast has invested tens of billions of dollars to create a network across
the U.S. that makes broadband widely available. The company has changed the
Internet experience for millions of customers by providing the nation’s
fastest speeds, reliable service, trusted security and online content. Comcast
has increased Internet speeds for its customers 11 times, most recently
doubling two of its most popular Xfinity Internet speed plans, Blast! and
Extreme 50, for no additional cost across the company’s entire footprint.

A coverage map and more information about Xfinity WiFi are both available at:

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About Comcast Cable:

Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone
provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides
these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an
advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings
customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings.
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology
company. Visit for more information.

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