Students at William Woods University and visitors to the campus will have expanded wireless coverage after the holidays.
Thurmond Chapel, the Tom and Claudine O’Connor Alumni and Visitors Center and the Myldred Fox Fairchild Alumni House will be added to the buildings already having wireless access.
When the project is complete, all buildings on the main campus will have high speed fiber optic wireless capability.
According to Steven Goodson, network and telecommunications administrator, the wireless expansion could have totaled about $21,000, but was provided free by Socket through its fiber optic grant.
“Although our goal is to provide technology services campus-wide, this work was cost-prohibitive before and I don’t think it would have happened without Socket’s grant,” Goodson said.
Socket was chosen by the USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service program to build a fiber-to-the-home network to more than 3,000 homes and businesses across parts of Callaway and Boone counties.
The project is funded by a combination loan and grant totaling $23.7 million as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Fiber supports faster Internet and more bandwidth, which will become increasingly important as the Web evolves. As more people are choosing to stream high-definition videos, connect gaming systems to the Internet and perform other high-bandwidth activities online, fiber can provide the broadband technology necessary to support all of these applications in a way that cable, DSL and wireless simply cannot.
In addition to the wireless expansion, all televisions on the William Woods campus will be upgraded to HD (high-definition).
These improvements come on the heels of another amenity—the help desk in the University Information Systems now provides service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.