Campuses expanding stadium Wi-Fi access


“With the introduction of CleanAir Technology from Cisco and the ability to support multiple frequencies, we were able to deploy a network to accommodate everyone’s unique needs (access to library resources, homework assignments, or vendor point-of-sale transactions at football games) from any Wi-Fi device within buildings and from designated outdoor areas on campus without degrading service or compromising security,” said Lopez.

Generating revenue

Many campuses offer stadium Wi-Fi access to students for free, but guests have to pay a fee to hop onto the network. This has become a revenue-generating operation for many schools.

Youngstown State University (YSU) in Youngstown, Ohio, partnered with AT&T to offer Wi-Fi across its campus last year. Faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors with qualifying AT&T smart phones, 3G LaptopConnect, and high-speed internet plans can access Wi-Fi on the YSU campus at no additional charge. Other visitors can gain access by purchasing a day pass.

At Auburn, guest wireless internet service is available in the stadium and across campus using a smart phone, tablet, or laptop computer. The cost is $7.95 for 24 hours, $9.95 for 48 hours, $11.95 for 72 hours, or $17.95 for 30 days.

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