As If some people didn’t already have enough reasons to HATE Comcast, let’s have another shall we: Comcast has just transformed part of Houston into a WiFi commune by activating 50,000 residential Xfinity routers, according to the Houston Chronicle. The new service will give any Comcast client free WiFi access via those “xfinitywifi” hotspots, and is just the beginning of a larger rollout.
A lot of customers now broadcasting WiFi may not actually know they’re doing so, however, since Comcast opted them in by default — though it did warn users, by MAIL. It added that the changes won’t expose home networks and shouldn’t affect your internet connection speeds thanks to added capacity. I’m not sure if I believe that because each router does have a limit as opposed to the entire network so the logic doesn’t follow. There’s another 100,000 routers coming on line in the city soon as well, but you can opt out by following the rather convoluted procedure.
If you have Comcast or if your carrier pulled this crap, would you be pleased?