Cablevision's New Wireless Bid: Wi-Fi Hotspots

The New York area's biggest cable service provider is strategically deploying lots of local wireless access to fend off the telecom carriers

Rich Tehrani buys wireless calling from AT&T, but lately he's been surfing the mobile Web thanks to another provider—his cable company. In parts of Connecticut, where he lives, Tehrani logs onto the Internet by way of Wi-Fi hotspots managed by Cablevision Systems (CVC). "I was at a diner one weekend and it popped up," says Tehrani, who runs Technology Marketing, a publishing and trade show company. "I am pretty much hooked on it."

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