Students scramble as school districts dumps Wi-Fi
St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP) — Students returning to Pinellas County schools found they no longer have access to WiFi on their personal devices.
Over the summer the school district replaced one of the wireless networks shared by staff and students with two new networks. One is exclusively used for staff and their personally-owned devices. The other is for district-owned wireless devices.
The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1M80COd ) reports a third password-protected network = will be used by guests and vendors. Administration at each school may also give user information to students. But the password is changed monthly or on an as-needed basis.
The district's assistant superintendent for technology Tom Lechner says overhauling the network helped unclog an overburdened system that slowed and interrupted Internet connections last year The district spends about $1 million annually on bandwidth.
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