Internet Everywhere on US Campuses

October 5, 2006

  “Digital native” millennial students are spending as much as 16 hours a day online, and checking messages is a “constant pastime.” Some recent studies have tied rising time online to dropping academic grades. Almost a third of US campuses provide blanket wireless coverage, and twice as many have a strategic plan to implement wireless. Ball State University, Intel’s “top wireless campus” in the US last year, offers Wi-Fi in all its buildings, green spaces, the football stadium and even on campus shuttle buses. Most of the residence halls have an internet-based laundry system to reserve washers and dryers, monitor the wash online and get an e-mail alert when it's done. (For a thoughtful article from USAToday, see http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2006-10-02-gennext-tech_x.htm )