lets us know that Verizon is finally offering nationwide Wi-Fi access to its high-speed Internet customers
, long after Cablevision's similar service went live. While Cablevision is building out an in-house network of hotspots, Verizon is relying on a deal with Boingo Wireless — a strategy with both strengths and drawbacks, as Wi-Fi Net News points out. Neither Verizon's
announcement reveals the mechanics of how existing Verizon DSL and FiOS customers will get access, but an AP report spells it out
: "To use a hotspot, the customer must install software that works only on computers with Windows Vista or XP installed. Phones, iPods, and Macintosh computers with Wi-Fi can't access the hotspots."