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Time Warner, Comcast, Cablevision to offer free Wi-Fi hotspots

Time Warner Cable free Wi-Fi hotspots in New York City and the surrounding Tri-State area. Time Warner Cable

(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