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UK Isle of Wight College Students Gain FREE Wireless Broadband

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 (2:10 pm) - Score 629

Some 1,500 full-time students and staff at the Isle of Wight College (IoWC) look set to benefit after a major IT upgrade delivered campus-wide access to free wireless broadband (wifi) and Internet telephony.

The aim of the new network, aside from helping the college to keep up with modern technology, is to achieve much-needed savings by reducing classroom time and facilitating self-study. The government’s move to cut spending means that the education sector has been forced to find new ways of reducing costs and this is apparently one of those solutions.

The network manager at the IoWC, Rosie Quelch, explained: “The boom in personal mobile devices; be they smart phones, laptops or tablets has meant we have had to rethink our IT. We were faced with incredible demands from our student body to introduce wireless technology. What was becoming clear was that learning is no longer confined to the classroom, or to fixed point PCs … wireless really is a ‘must-have’ now as students want to be able to securely access their own devices as and when they want to.”

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5 Responses
  1. Somerset says:

    ‘based on an island that resides just off England’s south coast in the British Channel,’

    Where did this press release come from? And is free wifi that newsworthy?

  2. Mark Jackson says:

    FYI – You’re reading a news and information website about internet access provision 😉 .

  3. Somerset says:

    Where did you get the details from? ‘British Channel’???

  4. Mark Jackson says:

    That’s my typo, meant English.

  5. Hmm…

    So now the students will be able to stream movies for free when they get bored during lectures!

    In my day, we had to make do with just falling asleep and trying not to snore too loudly! 🙂

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