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Wi-Fi growth.

Despite concerns about security, coverage and the cost of their campus wireless networks, 70% of colleges surveyed by ACUTA, the Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, are planning to expand or upgrade their wireless networks in the next six months. Another 17% are planning expansions or upgrades within 12 months.

ACUTA surveyed representatives of colleges and universities who attended the organization's quarterly seminars in January, which focused on wireless network issues and network management. The survey respondents represented both public and private institutions, from small colleges to major universities.

At the surveyed colleges, 50% have wireless networks that cover just a few buildings or a portion of campus, and 27% have about half the campus covered. Only 23% have networks that cover the entire campus and some off-campus areas.

Security and coverage are the challenges most on the minds of the higher-education professionals who administer the wireless networks. Sixty percent of survey respondents said security poses a challenge, and 43% said coverage is an issue. Additionally, cost was cited as a challenge by 30% of respondents and management by 23%.
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