Wi-Fi Nation: Comcast Begins Wireless Roll-Out

High-Speed 2go service coming to Chicago later this year

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    With wi-fi everywhere, the tablet PC's moment may have finally arrived.

    With the number of wi-fi enabled devices growing by leaps and bounds, more and more people find themselves wanting their wireless network to follow them wherever they go -- and Comcast is trying to do just that.

    They're rolling out wireless Internet service Tuesday in Portland, Ore., with plans to add three other cities -- including Chicago -- by the end of the year.  That would mean an end to seeking out random coffee houses that will let you surf for the price of a cup of java.

    Comcast is the first major cable operator to roll out wireless broadband. The service offers speeds of up to 4 megabits per second and is carried over the 4G network of Clearwire Corp. where it's offered. Elsewhere, it will use Sprint Nextel Corp.'s 3G network coast-to-coast.

    Comcast High-Speed 2go Metro service is on promotion for $49.95 a month for a year and includes Comcast's wired Internet home service and a Wi-Fi router. The regular price is about $73 a month.

    Once it's available in Chicago, you'll have the option to get wireless service anywhere in the metro area.  You can expand the wireless coverage even further by paying $20 more for nation-wide wireless internet on the Sprint network.

    In addition to Portland and Chicago, Comcast also plans to offer the service in Philadelphia and Atlanta later this year.