Time Warner Cable rolls mobile charging and WiFi vans to NYC residents impacted by Sandy

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Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) said it is dispatching mobile charging stations vans containing WiFi transmitters in New York that residents who have lost power from Hurricane Sandy can use to surf the Web and recharge mobile phones, tablets and laptop computers.

The company sent the vans to parts of the city that still haven't had power restored by utility company Con Edison, including Chinatown, the Flatiron district and Greenwich Village.

Time Warner Cable's New York division is using its Twitter account to post updates on the location of the vans. "Our mobile charging stations are right now at spots like 23rd/Broadway and 7th Ave/Greenwich Ave. Let TWC bring juice to your cell phones!" the company wrote in Twitter post on Thursday. 

The MSO, which competes against Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) FiOS TV and RCN in the Big Apple, will be able to market its triple-play of digital video, high-speed Internet and voice service through the public affairs effort.

Both Time Warner Cable and Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) announced this week that they will offer free WiFi to all Internet users through WiFi hotspots they have built in the area, including non-subscribers. Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) has an extensive network of WiFi access points in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but the MSO limits access to its Optimum high-speed Internet subscribers.

For more:
- see the Time Warner release

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