Telecommunications


Abilene Christian Gets Infusion for Mobile Learning

Abilene Christian University in Texas is receiving an infusion of nearly $2 million to expand its mobile learning programs, including a mobile technology research program, an experimental lab, and a K-12 teacher professional development initiative.

New API Helps Admins Locate E911 Callers

Two companies are working together to deliver a WiFi emergency call location service for campuses.

iPad Users Face Blockout on Princeton Network

For a short period during April, Princeton University set a policy recommending that Apple iPad users not connect to the campus wireless network on threat of having their devices banned. The policy was put in place shortly after iPads began turning up on campus at the beginning of April and experienced problems accessing the network.

Best Test Practices for Emergency Notification Still in Flux

Nearly a fifth of universities and colleges don't bother testing their emergency notification systems, and for half of that group, the reason is because they haven't had a chance to put a plan together to do it.

iPad Development Surges Ahead

The release of the iPad has been hyped like no product since, well, the last new Apple gadget, the industry-transforming iPhone.



Court: FCC Can't Regulate Broadband ISPs

A three-judge federal appeals court panel dealt a serious blow Tuesday to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) authority to regulate broadband Internet service providers (ISPs).

FCC Broadband Plan Pushes Ambitious Agenda for U.S. Education

After almost a year of development that included holding 36 public workshops in person and online and reading through 23,000 public comments, the Federal Communications Commission has released its national broadband plan with a formal report to Congress. Calling high-speed Internet access "indispensable for the 21st century, the foundation for our economy, the foundation for our democracy in the digital age," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski declared the plan "ambitious but achievable."

U Tennessee Taps into 10-Gigabit Network

The University of Tennessee System will be linking to and using a new 10-gigabit IP network core built by AT&T for the state of Tennessee. The system will be expanding its use of NetTN, a custom-built virtual private network begun in 2008, to connect its five campuses statewide.

IBM Researching Mobile Device Accessibility with Universities

IBM will be working with two universities to explore the creation of an open, common user interface platform for mobile devices. The software developed by IBM, the National Institute of Design of India in Bangalore, and the University of Tokyo's RCAST, the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, will be made available as open source.

Higher Ed Sees Dramatic Ramp-Up of Unified Communications Plans

Two-thirds of institutions of higher education institutions--66 percent--have prepared a business case or strategic plan for implementing unified communications (UC), citing reduced operating costs and distance learning as the top benefits. That's up from 41 percent in 2009, according to new research released this week.

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