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In a big win for a little Wi-Fi start-up called Fon, Time Warner Cable Inc. will let its residential broadband customers turn their connections into public wireless hot spots, a practice shunned by most U.S. Internet service providers.
For Fon, which has forged similar agreements with Internet service providers across Europe, the deal will boost its credibility with U.S. consumers.
Time Warner, Fon in Wi-Fi in Deal [latimes.com]
Would you make your WiFi a hotspot?
[edited by: engine at 7:42 am (utc) on April 24, 2007]
There have been reports of some ISPs, notably Comcast, shutting down users who used too much bandwidth on their "unlimited" connection. I wonder if Time Warner is implicitly saying they will never impose such limits, either overtly or covertly.
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I can see it now, kids setup a lemonade stand with a sign that reads:
Park Here! Ice Cold Lemonade $3.50/glass!
15 Minutes FREE Wifi & Parking with every order!
Yeah. Strangers are just so nice and you can trust them. Plus, stuff like that never happens.
I think you're missing the point. Through who's connection? Not mine, that's for sure.