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Comcast opens Wi-Fi hot spots for Hurricane Irma

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Comcast has opened nearly 6,000 Xfinity Wi-Fi hot spots throughout the Charleston region for the duration of Hurricane Irma.

The internet service is available to anyone in range, even if they are not a Comcast customer, Alex Horwitz, vice president of public relations, said in a news release.

A map of the Xfinity Wi-Fi hot spots can be found online by using city and ZIP code searches. The hot spots are located primarily near shopping districts and businesses, Horwitz said.

Users can select “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hot spots and then launch a browser. Xfinity customers can sign in with their username and password. Non-customers should select “Not an Xfinity Internet Customer” section on the sign-in page to get started. The free service will be available until Sept. 15.

“It’s critical that impacted residents across greater Charleston have a means of communication at their disposal before, during and after a storm with the potential impact of Hurricane Irma,” said Doug Guthrie, regional senior vice president for Comcast in Atlanta. “By activating our Wi-Fi network today, we can help more people stay connected at a very critical time.”

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