Comcast Faces Class Action Over Public Wi-Fi Network

By Michael Lipkin (December 4, 2014, 10:40 PM EST) -- Comcast Corp. was slammed with a putative class action in California federal court Thursday, alleging the company's new public Wi-Fi network violates competition fraud laws by forcing customers to use more expensive routers that are potentially vulnerable to increased security risks.

The suit claims Comcast's Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot network hopes to compete with cellular carriers by creating a nationwide network that allows users Wi-Fi access for a fee. But without a host of cellular towers, Comcast allegedly began issuing new routers to its home Internet customers that broadcasts two signals: a personal Wi-Fi network and another that's accessible to the public....

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