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Cablevision Whipping Up Wireless, Too

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) is holding its first quarter call as I write this, and they're saying they have a wireless/mobile plan, too, but it's going to be based on WiFi, not WiMax, and offered across the MSO's footprint as a free service for the MSO's base of cable modem subscribers. It will initially focus on data, but eventually will support voice apps as well. (See Cablevision Reports Q1.)

We'll have many more details shortly, but it sounds like, at least for now, Cablevision has no interest in joining the WiMax party with Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), Bright House Networks , and other investors tied out the "new" Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR). (See Cable Plays Clearwire Card and Sprint, Clearwire Create $14.5B WiMax Giant.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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