Cablevision sued Verizon in federal court in New York, alleging that Verizon made false and misleading claims about the MSO's Wi-Fi service in its ads. Verizon has run TV and radio commercials in the New York metropolitan area claiming its Wi-Fi is "the fastest Wi-Fi available" from any local provider.
Count Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus as one of the closest watchers of Cablevision's disruptive new Wi-Fi-only phone service, Freewheel.
Cablevision announced Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit against Verizon in federal court for the Eastern District of New York, alleging that the telecom made false and misleading claims about the MSO's Wi-Fi service in ads.
Cablevision's Freewheel Wi-Fi-only phone service created a lot of buzz but likely won't shake up the wireless industry, writes FierceCable Editor Daniel Frankel. Editor's Corner
Don't expect the announcement of Cablevision's Freewheel Wi-Fi-only phone service to spin Randall Stephenson into reenacting the bunker scene from Downfall when AT&T delivers its fourth-quarter earnings report Tuesday afternoon. Freewheel is not a threat of any kind to the incumbent wireless industry.
Cablevision is taking on the emerging Wi-Fi voice service trend. According to a FierceCable report, the cable MSO will offer the service for $9.95 a month with no contract for current Cablevision broadband customers and $29.95 for non-customers.
Cablevision announced the soon-to-be-launched Freewheel, its Wi-Fi phone service with unlimited data, talk and text, marking the first all-Wi-Fi service from a cable provider. Offered initially with the Motorola Moto G smartphone, it will work exclusively over Wi-Fi when it launches next month.
Cablevision announced it will launch a mobile phone service using its Wi-Fi network, making it the first cable MSO to do so. The no-contract service will cost just $9.95 for current Cablevision broadband customers and $29.95 for non-customers.
Cablevision is launching a Wi-Fi-only mobile service to offer customers an alternative to traditional cellular wireless plans, banking on its network of 1.1 million Wi-Fi hotspots to attract customers.
Cablevision has begun notifying customers in their December billing statements of planned 2015 rate increases. According to a J.P. Morgan Chase memo sent to investors, Cablevision subscribers will pay an extra dollar on top of the $4.98 they already pay in the form of a "sports surcharge."