Comcast’s xFi-branded WiFi extension pods are now available to its broadband customers nationwide.
The xFi upgrades are designed to make Comcast stand out in the market, but there’s not a whole lot of market left, writes Michelle Caffrey at bizjournals.com.
Residential broadband’s penetration rate is at 80.2 percent, says MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett, and subscriber growth in the market has fallen from about 4 percent, where it stood for nearly five years, to 2.3 percent last quarter. That’s a more sustainable number, Moffett said, and assuming it plateaus at about 2 percent is “not a crazy assumption,” he said.
Another one to file under “doesn’t look good” in the broadband department: ZDNet reports that two security researchers found a bug on Comcast’s website that, by going through the company’s system to activate a router, allowed anyone with access to a home’s full address to get the name and password for its WiFi network.
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