Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Intercampus Wi-Fi Network Links K-12 Schools and Universities

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Intercampus Wi-Fi Network Links K-12 Schools and Universities

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Airpath, Bluesocket, the National Joint Powers Alliance (NIPA) and the Broadband Alliance have joined together to form the Education First Network, the first intercampus Wi-Fi network that will link K-12 schools and universities to one another in an attempt to offer more resources for students, staff and faculty. Through the program, each school's users will be able to roam from school to school, across school district boundaries or to any education system around the world, and still be connected to their campus. So far, the new alliance has connected five universities in Minnesota, including Winona State University, which recently dispersed 4,000 laptops to its campus community.

"As long as a K- 12 school or higher education institution is part of the Education First Network, all students, faculty and employees of that institution who already have network access on their campus or facility will have the same access when they are at another institution," says Jo A. Boettcher, COO of the Broadband Alliance.

In order to make this happen, Airpath will provide the network interconnect solution through InterRoam, a hosted transaction-based clearing, settlement and rating platform that allows complete control of Wi-Fi roaming.

"Airpath's InterRoam platform is one of the world's first Wi-Fi interconnect and clearinghouse exchanges, bringing together Wi-Fi network providers with carriers seeking to quickly build their Wi-Fi footprint, while giving them complete control in setting the terms of their partnership," explains Boettcher. …

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