may be on the verge of offering free access to its broadband subscribers. The development would follow AT&T’s lead who with the last year, now offers the largest Wi-Fi footprint free of charge to its broadband customers.

A Wi-Fi move by Verizon would also help them meet a competitive challenge in their metro New York market, where Cablevision is successfully deploying a for its broadband subscribers. Verizon may also be prepping their network for the next version of the , which will purportedly offer Wi-Fi access.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that to offer the service. operates a Wi-Fi network with access to over 100,000+ locations across the globe. Should Verizon launch the free Wi-Fi service, one could argue free Wi-Fi is quickly becoming a requirement for a competitive broadband offering. in partnership with Cablevision in the Northeast.

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