Time Warner Gives NYC Customers Free Wi-Fi

Time Warner Cable's New York City customers just got a nice bonus in the form of free Wi-Fi. The free Wi-Fi is available to 1 million of the company's New York City customers in places like public parks and commuter train stations.

“Road Runner customers can experience a fast, simple and easy connection from their laptops or portable Wi-Fi-enabled devices in Time Warner Cable Wi-Fi zones, meeting their growing need for mobility,” said Howard Szarfarc, executive vice president of Time Warner Cable’s New York City region.

The service runs on Cablevision's Optimum Wi-Fi network that launched in 2008. Users will have unlimited access to Wi-Fi, however you must be a Time Warner Cable NYC customer to access the hot spots and you'll need to log in using your Road Runner username and password. To find a list of the free hot spots, visit the company's Wi-Fi Zones page.

Although users outside of the NYC area won't reap the benefits of this new offering just yet, we hope the idea could spread. Offering free Wi-Fi is one way for cable companies to compete against wireless carriers.