Time Warner Says Yes to Sharing Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi access startup Fon said Monday it had come to an agreement with Time Warner Cable that would allow customers of the cable provider's high speed Internet access to share their connections publicly via a specialized router available from Fon. Right now, the company only has about 60,000 users in the US sharing their net access, but the deal could add Time Warner's 6.6 million customers to that number.
Fon -- headquartered in Spain -- says it hopes to sign agreements with other US providers, as it already has deals with ISPs in both Asia and Europe. The move also clears the way for the company to operate legally, as many ISPs currently forbid the public sharing of connections. Details of the partnership are still being worked out, however the company will receive a cut of revenues from paying users of the public hotspots where Time Warner is the Internet provider.