Improved In-Building Cellular Coverage Under Discussion

During Fall 2005, IET-Communications Resources received several departmental requests for improved in-building cellular coverage. Though the campus is moving forward with improved cellular coverage by allowing cellular carriers to build cell sites on the main campus, this will not resolve all coverage issues for all carriers in all campus buildings. Enhancing the cellular coverage of a particular carrier in a particular building, while determining a financial and management model of such systems, is only one of many issues surrounding these requests. Policy issues relating to equal access by all carriers in a university building, responsibility for management of the coverage, ownership of the equipment, and the broader issue of whether the campus believes ubiquitous cellular coverage is an operational necessity are all issues that must be explored. For more information, contact Zack O???Donnell at