Comcast June 19 announced it will extend free access to its 1.5 million public Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots to anyone who needs them, including non-customers, through the end of 2020.
Comcast launched free access earlier this due to the coronavirus pandemic. It then extended the offer for 60 days of free home Internet access for new eligible Internet Essentials customers, to help provide additional support to students and families in need through the end of the year. Comcast will also continue to waive the requirement that those customers not have a past due balance with Comcast to qualify for the free offer.
“We saw a huge jump in usage after we opened up our public hotspots, and we’re excited to keep them open through the end of the year as the nation begins taking steps to reopen,” Dana Strong, president of Xfinity Consumer Services, said in a statement.
Since making all of its hotspots available for free, Comcast said hundreds of thousands of non-Xfinity customers have taken advantage, and overall usage by consumers of the free public Wi-Fi hotspots has skyrocketed. The cabler’s public Wi-Fi network is the largest of its kind in the nation, and three times larger than that of any other provider. It’s available in outdoor and business locations, all of which can be found online at www.xfinity.com/wifi.
Comcast has a history of making its public hotspots available for free following local emergencies like hurricanes in the South, wildfires in California, and the recent tornadoes in Nashville.