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Time Warner Cable Launches New Secure WiFi Hotspot Service “TWCWiFi-Passpoint”

Time Warner Cable (TWC) has launched “TWCWiFi-Passpoint,” a new national WiFi network that offers enhanced security while surfing the Internet on-the-go. The new service uses powerful encryption technology to ensure customers get the same level of protection on TWC’s public WiFi network that they receive with their in-home TWC WiFi connection. Additionally, TWC is launching HotSpot 2.0 technology on most of the access points across its nationwide network, making it the largest Passpoint-enabled network in the country.

TWCWiFi-Passpoint uses the latest generation security that is enterprise-grade WPA2™ and is available for most WiFi-enabled laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The new network option is available on nearly all of TWC’s 33K+ WiFi hotspots throughout Southern California, New York City, Austin, Charlotte, Kansas City, Myrtle Beach and Hawaii. Customers with Standard Internet or above with qualified devices will be able to select the new TWCWiFi-Passpoint SSID or continue to access the TWC WiFi SSID. After connecting to TWCWiFi-Passpoint the first time, customers will then seamlessly connect to the new preferred secure network whenever in broadcast range.

“Our goal with TWCWiFi-Passpoint is to assure even our most security conscious Internet customer that it’s as safe for them to surf the Web on-the-go as it is for them to surf in their home,” said Rob Cerbone, VP Wireless Products for Time Warner Cable. “We want our qualified Internet customers to take advantage of the added value they can get with free TWC WiFi.”

With the launch of TWCWiFi-Passpoint, TWC is the largest Passpoint-enabled network in the country to date, which offers Hotspot 2.0 technology. This technology ultimately will allow for seamless roaming between WiFi networks similar to the way cellular phone users roam cellular networks. This technology is now available on many of the most popular recent mobile devices, such as iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy 4, and HTC One to name just a few. “The TWCWiFi-Passpoint network supports Hotspot 2.0 technology, which is a critical first step in setting up a seamless WiFi experience nationwide,” said Cerbone.

Edgar Figueroa, CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance, praised the deployment of TWCWiFi-Passpoint and said, “By deploying a Passpoint-enabled network across thousands of hotspots, Time Warner Cable has taken a leadership stance in deploying advanced Wi-Fi technology. We commend Time Warner Cable for their vision of delivering a great connectivity experience to customers, wherever they go.”

As TWC continues to build out its WiFi network, all new hotspots will offer the TWCWiFi-Passpoint network option.

Customers can look for hotspots that have the TWCWiFi-Passpoint SSID using the TWCWiFi coverage map <twc.com/wificoverage> and at the end of this month, will be able to find and connect to any TWC WiFi® Hotspot using the free TWC WiFi Finder app available in Google Play and the Apple App Store. TWC customers sign in using the same TWC ID credentials they use to manage their online Time Warner Cable account.

For more information about Time Warner Cable WiFi™, visit twc.com/wifi.

About Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE:TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at twc.com, twcbc.com and twcmedia.com.

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