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ISU Wi-Fi Could Get Upgrade

Tue, 06 May 2014 16:00:42 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Illinois State University is fighting to stay current in its wireless information technology. Trustees on Friday will decide whether to spend $2.1 million on wireless infrastructure, only a few years after the last massive upgrade. ISU Staff say demand for bandwidth has soared. Slow connections caused by the stresses of multiple devices on wi-fi are not unique to ISU. A nationwide study shows the issue is so pervasive on college campuses that it ranks as the number one I-T problem. Each student has an average of at least three devices that connect wirelessly. If Trustees approve, the project is expected to take three years to finish. It would increase data speeds in major campus instructional buildings, Milner Library, and certain areas on the quad. ISU hopes to use general revenue for the project. In 2010, Trustees approved more than $3 million to enhance wireless connectivity.

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