Number of Xfinity WiFi hotspots in the two neighborhoods surpasses 7,500…
Comcast announced today the installation of more than 40 new Xfinity WiFi hotspots in outdoor locations near Loyola University in Chicago’s East Rogers Park and Edgewater neighborhoods. Nearly three years ago, Comcast launched the Xfinity WiFi network and since then has installed more than 7,500 hotspots in businesses, homes and outdoor locations in the two neighborhoods – and about 10 million in locations nationwide.
“People use the Internet on the go all the time, but wireless data plans can be expensive, and megabytes can add up quickly,” said John Crowley, Comcast’s regional senior vice president. “Our goal is to provide a seamless WiFi experience for students, residents and visitors.”
Xfinity high-speed Internet customers can use WiFi to stream their favorite TV shows, movies and other content on their laptops and Android and iOS devices on the go. The Xfinity WiFi network is available to Xfinity high-speed Internet customers for no additional charge. Comcast offers non-customers two free one-hour Xfinity WiFi sessions per month.
“The addition of WiFi hotspots is a great amenity for students, residents and businesses and will help attract even more people to East Rogers Park to work, shop, enjoy cultural events and study,” said Joe Moore, Chicago’s 49th Ward Alderman. “The 49th Ward appreciates Comcast’s investment in our technology infrastructure.”
“Additional technology infrastructure will help us serve local businesses and residents and attract new businesses to the area,” added Harry Osterman, Chicago’s 48th Ward Alderman. “The availability of additional WiFi will attract patrons to the increasing number of businesses in the neighborhood.”
How to find Xfinity WiFi hotspots
Comcast developed the Xfinity WiFi app for Android and iOS devices to help customers locate hotspots near them. Customers also can visit http://www.xfinity.com/WiFi to locate hotspots and learn more about Xfinity WiFi. To access Xfinity WiFi hotspots, customers should select “xfinitywifi” or “CableWiFi” from the list of available WiFi networks on their computers or mobile devices. Once customers login to either of these networks, they’ll be connected automatically the next time they’re in range.
For more information, call 1-800-XFINITY or visit http://www.xfinity.com/WiFi.
Additional recent Xfinity Internet upgrades
Comcast continually upgrades its high-speed Internet service in an effort to provide more and more value to customers. In addition to creating the Xfinity WiFi network and adding thousands of hotspots locally, earlier this year, Comcast increased the download speed of its Blast! high-speed Internet service in Chicago by 50% – to 75 Mbps. Comcast also announced a new service tier called “Extreme 150,” which has download speeds of up to 150 Mbps. In addition, Comcast launched a new 2 Gbps Internet service called “Gigabit Pro” to residential customers in Chicago and other locations in the company’s Greater Chicago Region, which spans Illinois, NW Indiana and SW Michigan. Gigabit Pro is available to homes in proximity to Comcast’s fiber network, which totals 145,000 miles across the company’s service area. Comcast has been delivering multi-gig (up to 10 Gbps) Ethernet service to businesses in the region since 2011.
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