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Drexel University President Constantine Papadakis on Saturday unveiled a plan to establish a completely wireless campus by September. Since 1983 the Philadelphia institution has required that each student have a PC. Papadakis insisted that wires would only limit comprehensive access, and in fact, some of the campus started going wireless two years ago. Students would use privacy-encrypted wireless adapter cards costing $175 with their laptops, transmitting radio signals to small antennas located around the 46-acre campus. University vice president for information resources and technology John A. Bielec says that with the new network "you can be watching a soccer game standing on the sidelines and be connected to the Internet."
(Associated Press, 11 June 2000)

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