BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Indiana University is working with AT&T* to provide its campus visitors with access to AT&T Wi-Fi service. The university currently provides a secure wireless network to all Indiana University staff, faculty, and students for business and educational use. Now, as a result of a competitive bid process, IU's Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses are also offering AT&T Wi-Fi capabilities to campus visitors in the university's public areas, including academic buildings, libraries, arts venues, conference centers and the IU Innovation Center. Campuses in New Albany, Kokomo, Gary, and South Bend have the option to offer these services in the future.
Parents, prospective students, and other visitors now have easy access to broadband on the go with their Wi-Fi enabled devices. For a visiting scholar conducting research in the library, an arts patron attending a performance, or a high school student exploring IU campuses, Wi-Fi is a fast, reliable, and convenient way to access the Internet and view information about academic programs or other university information.
Visitors with qualifying AT&T smartphone, 3G LaptopConnect, and high-speed Internet plans can access AT&T Wi-Fi on IU's Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses at no additional charge; other visitors will incur a nominal fee. AT&T will provide around-the-clock technical support for anyone needing help connecting to the AT&T Wi-Fi network while on campus.
"Network connectivity, both wired and wireless, has long been a strength on our campuses, and this new agreement represents the next logical step in our long-term strategy," said IU Associate Vice President for Communications and Support Sue B. Workman. "We know that AT&T Wi-Fi services will be useful for helping our campus guests stay connected to family, friends, and work during their visit—whether they're on campus for move-in and orientation, a sporting event, a performance, a conference, or a reunion. We're happy that our ongoing relationship with AT&T can help deliver this service and convenience to our extended university family."
Wi-Fi plays an important role in mobilizing everything for our customers. It complements AT&T's wired and mobile broadband networks and bridges the gap between connectivity at home and on the go. AT&T owns and operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network**, with more than 23,000 U.S. hotspots at popular locations like retail stores, restaurants, and coffee shops. The popularity of Wi-Fi service — particularly on mobile phones — has grown tremendously. In the second quarter 2010, AT&T handled 68.1 million Wi-Fi connections on its network, compared to just 15 million in the same quarter last year. Customers have made 121.2 million connections in the first half of 2010, already far surpassing the 85.5 million connections made in all of 2009. For more information, visit Indiana University or AT&T Wi-Fi Access.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
About Indiana University
Indiana University is an undisputed national leader in providing one of the best and most advanced computing, networking, and technology support environments in US higher education. It is recognized for its strength in the development and application of information technology through the management of state, national, and international research networks, including such high performance computing initiatives as the National Science Foundation's TeraGrid and FutureGrid; and in the creation of partnerships with other top-tier universities on open source software development. IU is also a nationally recognized leader in cybersecurity.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.
Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com. This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/newsroom and as part of an RSS feed at www.att.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATTNews. Find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ATT to discover more about our consumer and wireless services or at www.Facebook.com/ATTSmallBiz to discover more about our small business services.
© 2010 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. Mobile broadband not available in all areas. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.
SOURCE AT&T Inc.