Time Warner Customers to Get Fon

Time Warner is the first US broadband company to allow customers to run public hotspots from their residential (maybe commercial?) service. Fon provides a wireless router that runs two channels. The first is encrypted for the owner, the second is for everyone else. The customer allocates the bandwidth available for personal use and for the Fon network. Fon owners can then access other Fon hotspots without additional charge. Non-Fon owners are called “aliens” and pay a couple bucks a day for access to Fon networks around the world. In the deal, Time Warner and Fon will split revenues from aliens, which should help TWC recoup some of the costs loss to piggybacking.

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