Cable And Tech Companies Are Creating A Group To Push For Expanding Wi-Fi Access

WiFiForward includes Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter, Google, and Microsoft.

A group of cable and tech companies are banding together to create a coalition to push the government for expanded Wi-Fi access. The companies, which include Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Broadcom, Charter, Google, and Microsoft, have independently pushed for the release of more spectrum and announced Thursday the creation of WiFiForward.

Of note is the absence of wireless carriers in this group, including Verizon and AT&T. Such companies have built their own networks of Wi-Fi hot spots to take the stress off their cellular networks. Yet there have been concerns that such hot spots could also eat into their revenues.

Comcast has close to a million Wi-Fi hotspots and anticipates adding more to meet customer demand. "Skyrocketing usage on Wi-Fi networks has caused significant congestion in existing Wi-Fi spectrum bands, especially in urban areas and in crowded public venues," wrote Tom Nagel, senior vice president of business development and strategic initiatives, in a blog post. "It is critical that we take action now so that we have Wi-Fi networks that can continue to meet the growing needs of consumers in the future."


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  • Tom Piper

    In the early 80's I set up a satellite office about 50 miles away and needed to link the two computer networks. At the time the only way was through expensive dedicated leased lines, or so I thought.

    A client introduced me to a ex-Navy radio technician who ended up building me two devices that allowed my computer systems to communicate via shortwave radio.

    I'm no expert on radio frequencies but it seems to me short wave radio has been overlooked.