On 19th June’20, Comcast, an American telecommunications conglomerate, announced its plans to extend free access of Xfinity WiFi hotspots to its 1.5 million population. The WiFi hotspot can be accessed by anyone who needs the services including non-customers. The plan is likely to be implemented through the end of 2020.
The official company statement said, “As cities and towns across the country begin to open up, Comcast is continuing its efforts to help people connect to the Internet during the Covid crisis.” In addition to this, Pennsylvania-based company has extended a 60 days offer of free home internet access for new eligible internet essentials customers, to help provide support to students and families in need through the end of the year.
The company is also likely to waive off the eligibility criteria to qualify for the free offer, i.e, waiving past due balance to access free services. Dana Strong, president of Xfinity Consumer Services, says, “We saw a huge jump in usage after we opened up our public hotspots and we’re excited to keep them open through the end of the year as the nation begins taking steps to reopen.” She also highlights that how pleased the company is to provide a sigh of relief to the families and individuals that they are trying to help through this 60 days of the free home internet offer, especially during a time when connectivity with families is so important.
The company has also included Spotify to all its users. The officials believe that the consumption of streaming-music has increased significantly. Listening to music while working from home has become a new trend amidst Covid-19 quarantines. It also offers a range of other music streaming services on Xfinity WiFi, namely, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Stingray Music, NPR One, XITE, Music Choice, Radio.com and Baeble.