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Time Warner Cable Announces Free Wi-Fi Hotspots in Austin, Texas As Response To Google Fiber

By Robert Christie | Apr 27, 2013 12:51 PM EDT

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The arrival of Google Fiber in Austin Texas has prompted Time Warner Cable to launch its own series of Wi-Fi hotspots in the capital of Texas, according to CNET.com.

"We've been rolling out our free Wi-Fi network across our footprint for some time now, as part of our larger strategy to offer significantly more value to our Internet subscribers. Austin was in the game plan for 2013," Time Warner Cable's digital communications director, Jeff Simmermon, said in a blog post Thursday. "But Google's recent announcement encouraged us to deploy our network more aggressively now. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we're ready to compete.

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Any customer with a Standard Internet plan or more will be able to access the hotspots. Customers with the Business Class service will also be able to use the Wi-Fi. Individuals who are not with Time Warner Cable will also be able to use the service. However, they will have to pay a fee of $2.95 per month.

Other cable companies, such as Cablevision and Comcast, also have Wi-Fi hotspots across the country which ignites the usual competition. However, it is still unknown as to whether or not the new TWC hotspots will pull customers away from the new Google service. Time Warner Cable may also have to deduce how to offer better Internet service at a competing price since Google will offer its service at around $70 per month.

In the post, Simmermon also boasts about the success of Time Warner’s hotspots across the country:

“Even more good news: our Internet customers also have access to the nation’s largest free WiFi Hotspot network, with over 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 major cities across the country including New York City; Los Angeles; Chicago; Philadelphia; Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco; Orlando; Tampa, Kansas City, Charlotte and more.”

The company does not have a Wi-Fi hotspot presence all across the state, however they are working towards one.

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