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Submission + - Comcast Converting Home Routers into Public WiFi Hotspots

green453 writes: As a Houston resident with limited home broadband options, I found the following interesting: Dwight Silverman of the Houston Chronicle reports (warning: paywalled) that Comcast plans to turn 50,000 XFinity (Comcast's brand of home TV/Internet/Voice service) routers into public WiFi hotspots without their users providing consent. Comcast plans to eventually convert 150,000 home routers into a city-wide WiFi network. A similar post (no paywall) by the same author on the SeattlePI Tech Blog explains the change. From the post on SeattlePI:

"What’s interesting about this move is that, by default, the feature is being turned on without its subscribers’ prior consent. It’s an opt-out system – you have to take action to not participate. Comcast spokesman Michael Bybee said on Monday that notices about the hotspot feature were mailed to customers a few weeks ago, and email notifications will go out after it’s turned on. But it’s a good bet that this will take many Comcast customers by surprise."

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