Cal Poly's on-campus housing to get wireless Internet

elopez@thetribunenews.comAugust 5, 2013 

An entrance to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

JOE JOHNSTON — jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Cal Poly soon will be one of just a handful of California State University campuses to have wireless Internet in their residence halls, according to Carole Schaffer, a Cal Poly official.

The idea was born from Cal Poly’s desire to provide the most modern technological resources to students for their education and for their day-to-day living, she said.

“We want students to be in the forefront of utilizing handheld devices,” said Schaffer, associate director of housing and director of residential life and education. Wireless is a better option for students as it is more adaptable to tablets and other smart devices that students use regularly, she added.

The apartment-style housing at Cerro Vista and Poly Canyon Village will have wireless Internet by September; the freshmen residence halls will get it by fall 2014.

Currently, most students living on campus in residence halls can only connect to the Internet with an Ethernet cord, which leaves very little space for roaming with their devices, Schaffer said.

Katharine Gore, a senior journalism student, felt like she was always tripping over the Ethernet cord. “I lived in PCV (Poly Canyon Village) for a year, and the Ethernet was a constant struggle,” she said. “The service in there is already sketchy so no Wi-Fi is an extra pain.”

Many students have complained about the lack of wireless coverage in Poly Canyon Village, said Paul Jurasin, director of enterprise systems at Cal Poly.

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