Good news if you’re one of the privileged few who can actually still afford to pay for cable: five of the nation’s biggest cable companies—Bright House, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, and Time Warner—will be connecting their combined 50,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots under one network, allowing subscribers of any one provider the access to roam seamlessly across hotspots from the other networks. 

Smartphone addicts are the real winners here. The initiative will help to alleviate the bandwidth burden on 3G and 4G networks, allowing for faster connections for all. And of course, Wi-Fi data usage is free and unlimited as long as the Wi-Fi is free, so those unlimited data plans might not be missed.

[via GigaOM]