Filling in the Blanks in the Hot-Spot Map

I've actually never been offered WiFi in a rental car; I could see positive and negative repurcussions. Depends upon the traffic patterns of wherever I am, I suppose.

Filling in the Blanks in the Hot-Spot Map:

Hotels, rental car companies and travel suppliers of all types have discovered that it costs relatively little to offer wireless Internet services to customers.

The latest to jump on the wireless bandwagon are Hertz and Avis, which have both initiated programs to let their customers surf in or near the rental car lobbies.

Starting this month, Hertz will offer wireless Internet service at Hertz Gold airport locations in the United States; by the end of March, about 50 should be in operation. As is the case at most Internet hot spots, laptop computer users with a wireless card or a built-in wireless chip simply turn on their computers, and an on-screen icon prompts them to log in to the network.

Hertz's connections are offered through Wayport, which also operates the wireless networks of McDonald's. Wayport subscribers pay no additional fee to log on, while nonsubscribers pay $4 to log on to the Hertz hot spots. Users can remain connected all day if they wish.

Hertz's wireless connections are offered via the so-called Wi-Fi, or wireless fidelity, standard, which operates at speeds that are on par with high-speed Internet connections.

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