Cablevision's Optimum WiFi Arrives In New Jersey

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Fast Wireless Internet Access Now Available To Optimum Online Customers In Commercial And High-Traffic Areas Of Bergen And Passaic Counties, As Deployment Continues Nation's Largest And Most Advanced Consumer WiFi Network Includes Access On Most NJ Transit Train Platforms And Station Parking Lots Across Northern and Central New Jersey

Thousands of new customers are discovering Optimum WiFi every week, doing things like updating Facebook pages, uploading photos, or just checking e-mail. This popular and free product enhancement is yet another advantage of being an Optimum Online customer.

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced that it has successfully deployed Optimum WiFi wireless Internet access in outdoor commercial and high-traffic areas in Northern and Central New Jersey, as a free enhancement for its Optimum Online high-speed Internet customers. The newly activated Optimum WiFi community zones - which are focused on the places where people shop, dine, commute and meet - cover most of Cablevision's service area in Bergen and Passaic counties, and parts of Essex, Morris, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Somerset counties, as deployment continues. The service is also available at many Northern and Central New Jersey Transit train station platforms and parking lots, including Elizabeth, Metuchen, Edison, and Aberdeen-Matawan.

Already the nation's largest and most advanced WiFi network, based on geographic coverage, Optimum WiFi usage has increased by 50 percent each month since the service became broadly available last fall across Cablevision's Long Island, Connecticut and Westchester/Dutchess service area. Over the next year, Cablevision plans to deploy WiFi across its entire tri-state service area.

"We are pleased to announce the introduction of Optimum WiFi in New Jersey, which is a significant milestone in our ongoing deployment and will make fast and reliable wireless Internet access available to Optimum Online customers in the Garden State," said Kevin Curran, Cablevision's senior vice president of wireless product development. "Thousands of new customers are discovering Optimum WiFi every week, doing things like updating Facebook pages, uploading photos, or just checking e-mail. This popular and free product enhancement is yet another advantage of being an Optimum Online customer."

Cablevision has partnered with Comcast on a trial to expand Cablevision customers' access to Optimum WiFi in New Jersey at many commuter rail stations in Comcast's service area including: Metropark, Maplewood, Westfield, Linden, and Middletown. This partnership gives Cablevision and Comcast customers the ability to access their company's respective WiFi network at any of the New Jersey train stations that have been activated for service by either company.

In conjunction with this most recent deployment, Cablevision has launched a new version of its consumer Web site, http://www.optimumwifi.com, to provide customers with information on Optimum WiFi, and WiFi service in general, including tutorials and detailed coverage maps. The new website has been enhanced to give customers an even more user-friendly experience, the ability to refer a friend to Optimum WiFi, and access to more important information than ever before.

Optimum Online customers using laptop computers and portable WiFi-enabled devices like the iPhone, iPod touch and some BlackBerry models can access Optimum WiFi through a simple sign-on screen. Currently, there are more than 5,000 different types of devices on the market that are certified to operate over WiFi. An estimated 300 million WiFi-enabled consumer electronic devices shipped last year - a figure that is expected to grow to 1 billion by 2012.

Once a customer logs into the service by entering their Optimum User ID and password, the network delivers fast symmetrical speeds of up to 1.5 megabits-per-second. Optimum WiFi uses the same standard used in wireless home networks, 802.11, and any device that is certified by the WiFi Alliance as adhering to the 802.11 standards and has a web browser will be able to access the Optimum WiFi network.

Cablevision currently provides Optimum Online high-speed Internet service to more than 2.4 million customers, 52 percent of the homes passed by Cablevision's fiber optic network, the highest penetration of any Internet service in the nation. Optimum Online customers are already familiar with the benefits of wireless access, with more than half using wireless routers in the home.

About Cablevision
Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is one of the nation's leading media and entertainment companies. Its cable television operations serve more than 3 million households in the New York metropolitan area. The company's advanced telecommunications offerings include its iO TV® digital television, Optimum Online® high-speed Internet, Optimum Voice® digital voice-over-cable, and its Optimum Lightpath integrated business communications services. Cablevision operates several successful programming businesses, including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv, through Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, and serves the New York area as publisher of Newsday and other niche publications through Newsday Media Group. In addition to these businesses, Cablevision owns Madison Square Garden and its sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. The company also operates New York's famed Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, and the Chicago Theatre, and owns and operates Clearview Cinemas.

New Jersey WIFI locations by county (as of 3/3/09)

Bergen County
Allendale
Bergenfield
Bogota
Closter
Cresskill
Demarest
Dumont
Elmwood Park
Emerson
Fair Lawn
Franklin Lakes
Garfield
Glen Rock
Hackensack
Harrington Park
Hasbrouck Heights
Haworth
Hillsdale
Ho Ho Kus
Lodi
Mahwah
Maywood
Midland Park
Montvale
New Milford
Northvale
Norwood
Oakland
Old Tappan
Oradell
Paramus
Park Ridge
Ramsey
Ridgewood
River Edge
Rivervale
Rochelle Park
Rockleigh
Saddle Brook
Saddle River
South Hackensack
Tappan
Teaneck
Tenafly
Upper Saddle River
Waldwick
Washington Twp
Westwood
Wood Ridge
Woodcliff Lake
Wyckoff

Essex County
Cedar Grove
Nutley

Middlesex County
Dunellen
Edison
Highland Park
Metuchen
Middlesex
Milltown
New Brunswick
North Brunswick
Old Bridge
Parlin
Piscataway
Sayreville
South Amboy

Monmouth County
Aberdeen
Keansburg
Keyport
Cliffwood Beach
Matawan
Union Beach

Morris County
Butler
Lincoln Park
Kinnelon
Pequannock
Riverdale

Passaic County
Bloomingdale
Clifton
Haledon
Haskell
Hawthorne
Little Falls
North Haledon
Passaic
Pompton Lakes
Ringwood
Totowa
West Paterson
Wanaque
Wayne

Somerset County
Basking Ridge
Bound Brook
Bridgewater
Green Brook
Manville
Raritan
Somerville
S. Bound Brook
Warren
Watchung

Train Stations: Cablevision
Aberdeen-Matawan
Allendale
Anderson St. (Hackensack)
Asbury Park
Basking Ridge
Belmar
Boonton
Bradley Beach
Bridgewater
Broadway (Fairlawn)
Chatham
Clifton
Convent Station (Morris Twp)
Delawanna (Clifton)
Denville
Dover
Dunellen
Edison
Elizabeth
Emerson
Essex St. (Hackensack)
Garfield
Glen Rock - Boro Hall
Glen Rock - Main Line
Great Notch (Clifton)
Hawthorne
Hillsdale
Ho-Ho-Kus
Jersey Ave. (New Brunswick)
Lake Hopatcong
Lincoln Park
Little Falls
Lyons
Madison
Mahwah
Manasquan
Metuchen
Montclair State U. (Little Falls)
Montvale
Morris Plains
Morristown
Mount Arlington
Mount Tabor
Mountain Lakes
Mountain Station
Mountain View
Nanuet
Netcong
North Elizabeth
North Hackensack
Oradell
Park Ridge
Passaic
Pearl River
Plauderville
Radburn
Ramsey
Ramsey (Route 17)
Raritan
River Edge
Sloatsburg
South Amboy
South Orange
Spring Lake
Spring Valley
Suffern
Towaco
Tuxedo
Waldwick
Westwood
Woodcliff Lake
Wood-Ridge

Train Stations: Comcast
Allenhurst
Annandale
Avenel
Bay Head
Bay Street (Montclair)
Berkeley Heights
Bernardsville
Bloomfield
Elberon
Fanwood
Far Hills
Gillette
Gladstone
Hackettstown
Hazlet
High Bridge
Highland Avenue (Orange)
Kingsland
Lebanon
Linden
Long Branch
Lyndhurst
Maplewood
Metropark (Iselin)
Middletown
Millburn
Millington
Monmouth Park
Montclair Heights
Mountain Avenue (Montclair)
Murray Hill
Netherwood
New Providence
North Branch
Peapack
Perth Amboy
Plainfield
Princeton
Red Bank
Roselle Park
Rutherford
Short Hills
Stirling
Trenton
Upper Montclair
Walnut Street (Montclair)
Watchung Avenue (Montclair)
Westfield
White House (Readington)

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