Time Warner will let Broadband Customers Share Wi-Fi with Public

Subscribers to Time Warner Cable Inc.’s cable modem service in the U.S. can now share their broadband Internet connection with others through Fon Technology SL, which provides a special public/private router.

Fon’s La Fonera router lets broadband users in homes and small businesses operate an internal Wi-Fi network that is secure and another one that is open. Users can choose how much of their broadband capacity is dedicated to their own use and how much is available to the public. Anyone who uses the router to share access at home can use other La Fonera routers when they are away from home. Other people, called “aliens,” can pay US$3 per day for access. Business users can choose another plan in which they get a portion of that $3 per day fee instead of getting free access on the road.

Time Warner Cable will share in the fees aliens pay, but also believes it will benefit because Fon makes broadband more attractive because more consumers would sign up for broadband if they knew they could take advantage of it on the road.
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