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Telecom company installs 260 hotspots

October 28, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Grand Rapids has more than 260 new outdoor Wi-Fi hotspots.

Comcast said this month it has installed the additional Xfinity hotspots throughout Grand Rapids.

The hotspots add to the company’s network of thousands of shared residential and business hotspots in the region.

Availability

Most existing Comcast Xfinity internet users can connect on computers and mobile devices with their Comcast user emails and passwords.

The general public can use two free 60-minute sessions per month on the outdoor hotspots, with an option to buy hourly, daily, weekly or monthly access.

An Xfinity Wi-Fi app can be downloaded on mobile devices to find the hotspots, and users can find the hotspots online.

Infrastructure

“As we continue to attract new residents and businesses to the area, expanding our local technology infrastructure gives us a competitive edge,” Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rick Baker said.

The company’s investments in internet speed in West Michigan in the past decade are an important asset for the community, State Senator Dave Hildenbrand said.

“They continue to make significant technology infrastructure enhancements,” Hildenbrand said. 

Comcast

One of Michigan’s largest cable, internet and phone providers, Comcast has recently expanded its offerings in West Michigan to include the X1 home entertainment platform and Xfinity Home.

Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is headquartered in Philadelphia and has a corporate office in Detroit.

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