Sunday, April 22, 2007

Time Warner Cable Partners With FON for Open Wi-Fi

Time Warner Cable will enable its broadband subscribers to share their home connections as open Wi-Fi hotspots in the FON community. Through a partnership with FON, Time Warner Cable subscribers will be able to create FON access points via their home or business broadband connection.

FON users, or "foneros," are able to connect to the Internet via FON WiFi hotspots provided by other foneros. FON claims nearly 60,000 foneros in the U.S.

La Fonera router is secure out-of-the-box and offers two distinct WiFi channels. One channel is for the exclusive use of its owner; the second channel is shared with other foneros. The La Fonera increases security through an encrypted private network and Foneros decide how much bandwidth to share. Public users cannot access the private network and there is no anonymous usage.

Time Warner Cable operates in 33 states, with 13.4 million basic cable subscribers and 6.6 million residential high-speed data subscribers.

  • In February 2006, FON, a start-up based in Madrid, Spain, secured EUR 18 million (US$21.7 million for its software that enables users to share their Wi-Fi access points while gaining access to a global community of Wi-Fi hotspots.

  • FON investors include Index Ventures, Google, Sequoia Capital and Skype.

  • Members of the FON board include Danny Rimer (Index Ventures), Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis (Skype).

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