As is true at most universities, our students, faculty and staff are
increasingly dependent on cell phones. However, cell coverage is less
than desired. Some building interiors can't get a decent signal, and
some carriers are not even available. We are also concerned that
students, parents, conference attendees, and other visitors are
occasionally unable to use their cell phones.
Some cell carriers are eager to place antennas on our campus, but we
are reluctant to sprinkle the campus with antennas and provide the
kind of off-hours access that the carriers typically require.
We are currently considering implementing "third-party neutral
hosting" for cellular service on campus. This would involve the
placement of outside and inside (very small) cellular antennas to
provide complete and solid cellular coverage throughout campus. [We
also have some of the better locations for antennas serving the local
community though this is not our principle goal.] We would then rent
out access to cell phone antenna system on a cost recovery basis. We
understand that would be possible to recover all our costs, but would
like to hear about successful (or not) experience other colleges and
universities have had. We have long run our own phone company, but
have have no experience providing cell service (nor do we think we
What do you think? Is anyone else considering such a system? More important,
has anyone developed and implemented third-party neutral hosting for
cellular service on a cost-recovery (or other) basis?
Roger A. Lawson, Director http://www.uvm.edu/~ral
Computing & Information Technology University of Vermont
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