The Denver-based telecom company, Qwest Communications, said it partnered with AT&T wireless to give Qwest’s residential and small-business broadband customers unlimited use of the wireless Internet hotspots at the three chains’ shops, including access to Usenet newsgroups. Qwest does not have a wireless service of its own.
Mimicking an increasingly popular practice among broadband service providers, Qwest Communications has struck a deal to offer AT&T’s Wi-Fi service to its own broadband customers. The Wall Street Journal reports that Qwest pursued the offering after a survey informed the company of the “strong demand” for wireless Internet service.
Starting today, millions of Qwest High-Speed Internet customers, including small-business customers, can enjoy free, unlimited nationwide access to Qwest Wi-Fi offered at 17,000 hotspots, including popular coffee shops, bookstores and restaurants and access Usenet newsgroups from these locations as well.
Free access to the AT&T Wi-Fi network is available to all current and new Qwest High-Speed Internet customers. To access the network customers simply need to look for the “QwestWiFi” SSID or service set identifier. More information regarding how to login and where Wi-Fi locations are located can be found through the Qwest Wi-Fi website. Once you are connected at a location, you can then use a newsreader in order to gain access to Usenet newsgroups.