Google Fiber in Austin Prompts Time Warner to Bolster WiFi Network
The announcement is viewed as a defensive move from the cable giant as Google plans to bring its superfast Internet service to the Texas capital.Video, high-speed data and voice services provider Time Warner Cable announced that the company has begun deployment of TWC WiFi, a citywide WiFi hotspot network for its customers in Austin, Texas. The announcement is widely viewed as a defensive move from the cable giant as Google plans to bring its own superfast Internet service, Fiber, to the Texas capital. Access to the TWC WiFi network is free to Time Warner Cable customers with standard Internet or above service plans and to the company’s Business Class Internet customers. Users can look for the TWC WiFi network name and then follow prompts to connect to the network. To locate and access TWC WiFi Hotspots, customers can also download the free TWC WiFi Finder app available in Google Play and the Apple App Store or can visit the WiFi coverage webpage to view the hotspot coverage map. A company release said customers would be able to access "hundreds" of new WiFi hotspots as TWC builds out the network. Additionally, the cable provider is offering free Trial and Prepaid Access options starting at $2.95 an hour, which are available on TWC WiFi for those not qualifying for free access. "Increasingly, our Austin customers want to take their high-speed Internet with them out of the home and on-the-go," Kathy Brabson, area vice president, said in a statement. "The TWC WiFi network we’re building for Austin will allow our customers to greatly maximize their TWC Internet subscription–at no additional charge."
Time Warner Cable Internet customers also have access to a nationwide free WiFi hotspot network, with more than 100,000 hotspots, through the CableWiFi network name. The network enables TWC Internet customers to access the hotspots operated by TWC and other cable companies in large cities across the country including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and others.