Comcast took a big step in blanketing Houston with public Wi-Fi hotspots by rolling out its Xfinity Wifi system on Tuesday. About 50,000 subscribers with newer routers now host the network, which allows free access to fellow Comcast customers.
The company promises it will have 8 million hotspots in 19 of the largest cities across the United States by the end of the year.
“Wireless access is increasingly important to our customers, and we are building a network that not only meets today’s needs but also stays ahead of tomorrow’s demands,” said Marcien Jenckes, Comcast executive VP of consumer services, in a press release. “Xfinity WiFi is a reliable, fast resource for millions of customers who want access to the Internet, anytime, anywhere. We’ll add millions more hotspots this year in the places where our customers live and work.”
According to Comcast, nearly 200 million sessions have been initiated on the Xfinity network in 2014. Currently outdoor, business and neighborhood hotspots are being offered.