Cablevision Joins Cable’s Wireless Effort

New York City provider joins the fight against telcos.

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Cable companies are apparently serious about wanting a role in wireless. New York City's Cablevision said it is starting to build a Wi-Fi network across its market in and around New York City, providing broadband subscribers with a way to surf while on the move.

The word came just days after three other cable companies, including Time Warner and Comcast, said they would join a consortium to build a new, nationwide high-speed wireless network.

Competition is forcing the cable companies to round out their bundled offerings, which already include video, wired broadband, and phone service. They're trying to keep up with telcos, which already have phone, wireless, and wired broadband—and now are starting to offer cablelike video.