A plan that would have South Dakota college students connecting to the internet via laptops from anywhere on the state’s six public campuses has been deferred, the ambitious goal caught between a faltering economy and a tussle over how to pay for it, reports the Argus Leader. But the goal hasn’t been completely abandoned, according to the Board of Regents’ executive director. Instead, it now will be up to individual campuses to create wireless initiatives using their own timelines. "I am recommending that the Board of Regents defer action on a mobile computing environment and any legislation related to that proposal at this time," Tad Perry, executive director of the regents, announced Dec. 17 in an eMail message distributed to university administrators and regents. "This is not an abandonment of our goals. … We still have every intention to get this done, but the message, quite frankly, was getting lost in funding sources, so we took that discussion off the table." College and university campuses would have paid for the wireless initiative with a combination of state money, an increase in student fees, and a one-time expense raised through a payday shift in the university system. The 2008 Legislature refused to pay for the mobile initiative in the general appropriations bill that passed in February. Student groups opposed the fee increase, and the state Council for Higher Education, as well as legislators, fought against the payday shift…

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