More bandwidth, greater coverage for campus residential networks

July 15, 2019 | Melissa Ezarik

The days of prospective students inquiring about Wi-Fi coverage areas on admissions tours have probably come to an end. Wi-Fi is here, there and everywhere, with nearly three in four colleges offering Wi-Fi throughout more than 80% of their campuses, according to the “ACUHO-I 2019 State of ResNet Report.”

To that end, institutional leaders are finding ways to stretch their IT budgets to keep up with student expectations related to Wi-Fi coverage and speed in residence halls and elsewhere. Annual IT budgets that total more than $2.5 million nearly tripled in the past year.

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