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Wireless Devices Increase Burden on Campus Networks

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As previously noted, more mobile devices on campus equals more concerns about recycling and reuse. However, what may be a bigger issue is the increased load on campus network infrastructure, discussed in detail in this article from Inside Higher Ed. Not only are there more mobile devices on any given campus today, but these phones are tablets are used to download greater amounts of data, including streaming video and audio, and thus take up more of a network’s bandwidth. Institutions are facing a dilemma between working within their budgets and providing more bandwidth to their students, faculty, and staff.