* Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision offer free Wi-Fi
* Wi-Fi is free in New York to their Internet customers
NEW YORK, April 15 Customers of Comcast Corp
(CMCSA.O), Time Warner Cable Inc TWC.N and Cablevision
Systems Corp CVC.N will soon be able to use their
Wi-Fi-enabled devices in the New York metropolitan area even if
they're out of range from their local cable company.
The three companies said on Thursday that they had reached
an agreement to allow their respective high-speed Internet
customers to roam freely across each of their Wi-Fi networks
with devices like laptop computers and Apple Inc's (AAPL.O)
The cable companies have been building out free Wi-Fi
services for their customers across their respective regions at
locations like major train stations and public parks.
Customers can access all three Wi-Fi services and sign on
to their own provider's network.
By offering free Wi-Fi as part of their fixed-line Internet
service, the cable companies hope they can beat back
competition from paid-for wireless Internet services from phone
companies like AT&T Inc (T.N) and Verizon Communications
All three cable companies jointly cover most of the New
York City metropolitan area, including parts of New Jersey.
(Reporting by Yinka Adegoke; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)