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Comcast this week launched 80,000 WiFi “hotspots” in Indiana, around 3,000 of which are in Bloomington.
The system takes existing Xfinity hardware, such as the modems many people have sitting in their living rooms, and broadcasts an additional signal to which other Xfinity users can connect.
Rob Ponto, Indiana’s Manager of Public Relations for Comcast, says the hotspots meet growing demand for ubiquitous WiFi connections.
“Everyone has a wireless device, and we’re on-the-go, and we want to be able to check our email, watch TV, do all the different tasks that you want to do on-the-go,” Ponto says.
Ponto says all Xfinity internet subscribers have access to the signals, and non-subscribers get two free 60-minute sessions per month, but also have the option of purchasing more WiFi time.
He also says customers may opt-out of having their device broadcast the extra signal but says it shouldn’t affect their personal internet speeds.
According to Ponto, each line supports up to six devices. So, he says like with any other wireless hook-up, an overload of devices could weaken connections.