Comcast Providing Free Wi-Fi to New Jersey Commuters
UPDATED: Comcast joins Cablevision in exploring Wi-Fi as a new service, which will allow both to better compete in the communications marketplace against phone providers such as Verizon. Trials of a free Wi-Fi system for customers at New Jersey Transit commuter rail stations have been underway since Jan. 30.Comcast has rolled out an early test of a free Wi-Fi system for customers who use the New Jersey Transit system. According to news reports, some 100 rail stations and parking lots will become wireless hot spots, accessible to Comcast customers who sign in with their user names and passwords. Comcast spokesperson Mary Nell Westbrook told Broadband Reports that the local trial was a "beta test service" to gauge user interest. According to the company, the test will offer Wi-Fi speeds of 1.5M bps.
Participating stations include those in the Main-Bergen County area, the Northeast Corridor, Glen Rock, the Montclair-Boonton area, Morris, Essex, the North Jersey Coast, Pascack Valley and Raritan Valley, according to the Associated Press.