(CBS News) Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Bright House Networks, Cablevision and Cox Communications announced Monday that the cable giants will ban together to create one big network of free Wi-Fi hotspots.
Simply called "CableWiFi," the network will provide over 50,000 hotspots in major metropolitan cities. Bright House Networks has already launched the services in New York City and central Florida.
Cable-subscribers of the five companies can access the Wi-Fi hotspots. Currently, hotspots are planned for New York City and the surrounding Tri-State area, Los Angeles, Tampa, Orlando and Philadelphia.
Most of the Wi-Fi hotspots will be located in high-traffic areas, like malls, arenas, parks and beaches. Users will have to login with account credentials, but eventually the companies will roll out an auto sign-on feature.
Eligible customers can find free Wi-Fi hotspots at cablewifi.com.