It's no secret that the nation's cable companies are making a serious investment in public Wi-Fi networks. But why are the nation's cable companies investing in Wi-Fi technology? And will this latest attempt by the cable industry to get into wireless grow into a success, unlike past attempts like Pivot? These are the questions FierceWirelessTech Editor Tammy Parker is tackling in this latest special report.
It is no secret that cable operators in the United States and elsewhere are rapidly deploying millions of private and public Wi-Fi hotspots. Though cable MSO executives often contend the primary reason for their interest in Wi-Fi is to keep their customers satisfied, many industry observers suggest there is an even bigger plan that could impact traditional cellular operators and potentially alter the overall wireless industry landscape. FierceWirelessTech has talked to a number of experts to nail down the top five motivators for cable companies to become Wi-Fi providers.
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