It looks as if FON has hit the jackpot with a distribution deal with Time Warner. Time Warner will let its home broadband users turn their connections into WiFi hotspots. They hope to provide cost effective WiFi hotspots for consumers who just want to check email, or do a little casual surfing.
FON USA CEO Joanna Rees has been widely quoted as saying that they're going to take a shot at the T-Mobile hotspot service, but it seems unlikely to me. Business users, especially travellers, use these hotspots in airports and at coffee shops where (a) the franchise is already locked up by T-Mobile and (b) there aren't any residential broadband users waiting to donate their bandwidth.