Report: Residential Wi-Fi Gets Faster, More Expensive

April 21, 2015

For the first time, more than half, or 51.4 percent, of the 550 colleges and universities surveyed for this year's Annual State of the ResNet Report devoted one gigabit of their bandwidth to residential networks, and costs are increasing as a result. Residential network funding jumped from 38 percent last year to 54 percent this year, according to the survey, a joint project by the Association of College and University Housing Officers -- International, the Association for College and University Technology Advancement, and the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Desktop and laptop computers -- not tablets and smartphones -- hogged the most bandwidth, according to the report. To address the demands for faster speeds and around-the-clock support, 38 percent of the surveyed institutions this year said they have outsourced network providing, compared to 22 percent who said the same in 2013.

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