The truth about hybrid WiFi

The idea of deploying a home gateway that supports a private home WiFi network as well as act as a public WiFi hotspot isn't new. But who really benefits from hybrid private-public WiFi hotspots, and how?

US cable operator Comcast recently announced plans to expand its deployment of a new home gateway to support a private home WiFi network as well as act as a public WiFi hotspot. This hybrid private-public strategy is nothing new. In 2007, Time Warner Cable announced a similar initiative in partnership with FON which never took off.

In Europe, FON has been more successful. But who really benefits from hybrid private-public WiFi hotspots, and how?

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