Wireless High Speed Internet Access and Implications for Community Colleges

Just as cellular phones freed people from their desks or homes and enabled them to make phone calls nearly anywhere, broadband wireless internet access has the potential to enable people to quickly create and access a world of information from an ever growing number of locations. College campuses, in particular, are emerging as the leaders in the broadband wireless movement as students, faculty, and staff are creating their own wireless broadband networks and adapting their daily lives and schedules to the freedom that wireless enables. With these new networks, however, come new implications for IT administrators who must manage network reliability and security. Thompson demonstrates how wireless, device, and software technology companies and standards bodies have evolved wireless broadband to make the technology easy to deploy and use. He also provides examples of how colleges are already combining Wi-Fi and cellular voice networks to drive learning opportunities for students, enhance the college's brand, and to create new revenue opportunities. Thompson also shows how colleges can cost effectively adopt, deploy, and manage these new technologies.

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