ITSS has completed a two-and-a-half-year project to add wireless networking services to UMD residence halls and apartments. Although all Housing units have had a wired connection for each student for many years, we were hearing many requests for wireless network access to be added.
All UMD Housing units now have wireless except for Stadium Apartments. There are no plans to add wireless to Stadium. This project was funded by redeploying funds previously used to provide in-room telephones in Housing. Almost all students have cell phones, and usage of in-room phones was very low. There are still house phones available to be used in emergencies, and students who prefer an in-room phone are able to pay extra to have one installed. A survey of students living in Housing showed strong preference for wireless networking and very little interest in in-room phones.