Wi-Fi-Sharing Communities Rise Up

Time Warner Cable has just allowed its subscribers to turn their broadband connections into public Wi-Fi hotspots through a service called FON. This could mark the beginning of a sea change in Wi-Fi business. Muni Wi-Fi networks and commercial services like Boingo could fall by the wayside as Wi-Fi-sharing communities like FON take hold.
Olga Kharif

The Wi-Fi business is about to change, big time. One indication: A deal between FON and Time Warner Cable. The cable company agreed to allow its customers to share their bandwidth through FON's global Wi-Fi sharing community, whose users can use each other's Wi-Fi access points for free.

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