Comcast Offers Free WiFi Following Napa Earthquake
Internet provider opens up Xfinity WiFi network during quake response.
A youngster rides his scooter over a sidewalk buckled by an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif. A large earthquake caused significant damage and left at least three critically injured in California's northern Bay Area early Sunday, igniting fires, sending at least 87 people to a hospital, knocking out power to tens of thousands and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Napa residents and emergency workers can now access Comcast's Xfinity WiFi hot spot network for free, after the Internet provider elected to open up access to all in the days following the quake, according to reports.
The San Francisco Chronicle notes that on Monday -- until "midnight Tuesday" -- users could sign in for WiFi on the "xfinitywifi" network.
Hour-long sessions could be renewed after customers chose the "California Earthquake Recovery" option from a drop-down menu list, the newspaper reported.
Published at 9:34 PM PST on Aug 26, 2014
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