VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Valdosta State University now offers open WiFi on all athletic and shuttle buses, to help students stay connected, even when they are on the go.
Joe Newton, chief technology officer with VSU's Division of Information Technology, said the service was requested by students and funded by student technology fees.
"This should alleviate the need for students to use their data plans when riding the buses, as well as allow them to use tablets, laptops, and other WiFi devices while en route," he said. "The Division of Information Technology is keen to support students and learning, even when riding the bus, a trend throughout higher education and even K-12 school systems, facilitating efficient and effective use of riding time for learning and related activities, many of which utilize online resources."
"The football team has been accustomed to WiFi on their chartered buses for some time now. The VSU Athletics-owned buses used by the other sports teams were outfitted with WiFi this past December so that those student-athletes could study during long trips throughout the Southeast as well."
VSU's goal is to have 1,600 access points in areas to support high-density usage with coverage including residence student-residents' rooms, auditoriums, classrooms, dining spaces, the pedestrian mall, and the front lawn midpoint.
The bus WiFi network name is WAAV-VALDOSTA-####, with the last four digits being specific to each bus.