189 Hotspots Now Available in Keystone Region’s Ohio, West Virginia Areas
Comcast today announced it has activated 78 additional Xfinity WiFi outdoor hotspots in the Ohio Valley, including 37 in Wheeling, WV and 34 in Steubenville, OH. This is part of an ongoing expansion of a WiFi network that now includes 189 hotspots in the Ohio Valley and more than 4,800 in Comcast’s Keystone Region providing free access points to keep customers connected on the go.
The largest WiFi provider in the nation, Comcast is expected to reach 5,200 hotspots by year’s end in the Keystone Region, which comprises western, central and northeastern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia and the Maryland panhandle.
These outdoor hotspots have been located near shopping and dining destinations, government offices, auto repair businesses, hair salons and other venues in the Ohio Valley where customers go on a regular basis. They are part of Comcast’s 18 million existing hotspots across the nation, and most Xfinity Internet customers can access them at no additional cost.
“As we continue to invest in our WiFi network, we are bringing residents of the Ohio Valley new levels of connectivity and convenience,” said Christine Whitaker, senior vice president of Comcast’s Keystone Region.
Among the 37 outdoor hotspots Comcast provides in the Wheeling area are 13 along National Road near shopping destinations and restaurants; five along Kruger Street near a pharmacy and other retail locations; near Hilltop Park; on Krause Drive near a grocery store and shops; and on Edgington Lane adjacent to a bowling alley and restaurant.
In Steubenville, 11 hotspots are located along Sunset Boulevard near shopping destinations and restaurants. Others can be found at Hollywood City Center; near restaurants on University Boulevard and Adams Street; at Rotary Park; adjacent to grocery and auto parts stores on North 7th Avenue; and near Steubenville High School.
Additionally, Comcast has activated hotspots in Wintersville, OH near shopping and restaurant destinations on Frank Layman Boulevard and near a hair salon on Warren Lane; and in Bethlehem, WV along Route 88 near Village Plaza. These are in addition to 111 hotspots located in and around Morgantown, WV.
Most Xfinity Internet customers can access Xfinity WiFi hotspots by selecting “xfinitywifi” from the list of available networks on their laptops or mobile devices and entering their Comcast username and password. The Xfinity WiFi App, available for download on both iOS and Android devices, makes it easy to locate business and outdoor hotspots, or customers can visit the hotspot finder map online at www.xfinity.com/wifi.
After signing in for the first time, customers will automatically connect to any Xfinity WiFi hotspot in the future, allowing them to save on wireless data plans and easily take advantage of access points available across the country, including popular vacation destinations along the East Coast. Non-customers can use the hotspots free up to two hours each month.
Comcast’s Xfinity Wi-Fi network ensures customers have the fastest available online experience in their home, at work and in popular outdoor areas. According to Cisco, 88 percent of all U.S. data traffic on mobile and portable devices will travel over Wi-Fi by 2018.