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Doubling up on WiFi: Comcast adding 200 hotspots to 200 in place

Comcast-LogoComcast is doubling its Xfinity WiFi outdoor hotspots from Jackson to Canton, bringing the count to 400 by year-end.

The hotspots provide Internet connections to Comcast customers as well as non-customers.

Specific locations will include public spaces such as parks, shopping centers and school campuses.

The new hotspots complement Comcast’s thousands of existing residential and business hotspots in the area, the company said.

Comcast last October announced its creation of 200 outdoor hotspots to Jackson’s busiest areas. The broadband and cable TV provider expected those access points to be in place by the close of the first quarter.

The new round of  200 access points provide wireless cyber connections in such areas as Old Town Ridgeland, the city of Madison along Highway 51, Jackson State University and Canton’s town square.

The idea is to keep people who are on the go connected, said Kerry McKelvey, Comcast VP of sales & marketing.

“Our goal is to bridge the connectivity gap, and offer service to Jackson’s busiest outdoor areas, at no charge to the customer,” McKelvey said.

Canton Mayor Arnel Bolden said the connectivity the new hotspots provide are important to the region’s future.

Just how important?

According to a Cisco projection cited by Comcast, 88 percent of all U.S. data traffic on mobile and portable devices will travel over Wi-Fi by 2018.

Most Xfinity Internet customers can access Xfinity WiFi hotspots by selecting “xfinitywifi” from the list of available networks on their laptops or mobile devices and entering their Comcast email and password.

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