Comcast recently launched a program that will turn each of its residential customers’ Xfinity routers into a public hotspot. Starting a few weeks ago in Houston, Comcast says the program will make its way to millions of homes across the country by the end of the year. The program lets any Comcast customer access any other Comcast customer’s Wi-Fi after first authenticating their Xfinity account. That means Comcast customers gained access to free, high-speed internet in a whole lot more places. Worried this means people will tap into your Wi-Fi and slow down your network? Comcast says don’t worry – only five people can log onto a single home network at once, and its network was designed to handle that stress. Whether or not that’s true remains to be seen. Comcast is automatically enrolling every customer with a new Xfinity router into the program. If you want to opt out, and keep your Wi-Fi private, secure and all to yourself, all it takes is a phone call to Comcast.

Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Managing Partner at Palmer Advanced Media, a technology-focused strategic advisory practice that helps Fortune 500 companies and growth-stage companies with digital strategy, data science, marketing, branding, and business development. He is Fox 5 New York's on-air tech and digital media expert and a regular commentator on CNBC and CNN. @shellypalmer or visit

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"Shelly Palmer Radio Report – June 27, 2014" by @ShellyPalmer