More Universities Going Wireless

The Campus Computing Project has released its annual report. The results are surprisingly positive:

Wireless networks now reach fully half (51.2 percent) of college classrooms compared to just over two-fifths (42.7 percent) in 2005 and a third (31.1 percent) in 2004, according to new data from the annual Campus Computing Survey. Additionally, more than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of campuses participating in the annual survey have a strategic plan for deploying wireless as of fall 2006, up from 64.0 percent in 2005 and 53.3 percent in 2004. By sector, the proportion of classrooms with wireless access ranges from a third (31.7 percent) in community colleges (up from 26.8 in 2005) to almost two-fifths (58.0 percent) in private research universities (compared to 52.8 percent in 2005 and 47.4 percent in 2004).

It’s sort of interesting, because I’ve been on a lot of campuses in the past year and the differences between them can be pretty drastic. Louisiana State University (LSU), for instance, has wireless across most of the campus, while the University of New Orleans (UNO) hardly has wireless anywhere. So the study says that over half of classrooms have wireless, but I wonder what percentage of campuses have little wireless access.

The Campus Computing Project [via Broadband Reports]