Time Warner Cable (TWC) beefed up its Wi-Fi Internet network for businesses and homes in Kansas City by launching 14 local hot spots in the following areas: Downtown, the Crossroads Arts District, the River Market, Brookside, Waldo, Westport, the 18th and Vine District, Loose Park, the downtown areas of Parkville, Leavenworth and more.
In addition, TWC will provide free Wi-Fi hot spots to all of their business-class high-speed data customers inKansas City. The MSO will provide all the necessary equipment, including hardware and cables so business subscribers can host a TWC Wi-Fi hot spot inside their offices.
According to TWC’s spokesman Mike Pedelty, the upgrades are meant to complement the existing Wi-Fi networks, and should enhance traffic for businesses that depend on high foot traffic for revenue, such as retail businesses, restaurants, and more.
This move came 2 weeks after Google started construction to deploy their pure fiber network in Kansas City. Google’s new internet service will offer maximum download speeds of 1000 Mbps, which is far faster than what any other ISP is currently offering. Because Kansas City is under TWC’s service territory, they are under pressure to upgrade their service if they want to prevent customer defections to Google’s new fiber internet service.
TWC subscribers with standard or above Internet plans wil be able to access the new hotspots for no additional fee. All they need is their TWC email and password for authentication, and they should automatically be able to access any TWC hotspot located across the nation.
Non-customers can access TWC hotspots for $2.95 an hour. It’s a high price, but the idea is to offer the best privileges to paying members only.
Will TWC’s Wi-Fi upgrades be enough to satisfy their current customers? Does their Wi-Fi network provide enough broadband for businesses that allow customers to log in with their mobile devices all at the same time? Only time will tell how Google and the other ISPs will respond to TWC’s latest internet initiative.