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?