Cox Communications (cox.com), in collaboration with Internet2 and Network Nebraska through the ConnectEd Nebraska program, announced a first-of-its-kind pilot initiative to expand eduroam access for participating K-12 schools across the Omaha metro area. With the eduroam global Wi-Fi access service and an expanded network of hotspots in community spaces, students will be able to obtain internet connections across the metro area even when visiting locations outside their day-to-day school campuses.
The ConnectEd Nebraska Program was piloted in 2021 by Network Nebraska as one of several eduroam Support Organizations across the U.S. aiming to improve student connectivity by offering eduroam to public and private K-12 schools. Network Nebraska has since enrolled 163 schools, representing 68% of public-school districts. As of today, the ConnectEd Nebraska Program is available to all Network Nebraska members, representing over 99% of the public school districts as well as private school entities in the state.
With new access to eduroam at more than 600 Cox Wi-Fi hotspots across the Omaha metro area, students will be able to maintain secure roaming internet service across large portions of the education community and public spaces. That includes eduroam access already available through Internet2’s service and the eduroam Support Organizations program at many K-12 schools, colleges, universities, libraries, museums and other community anchor institutions, along with new access via Cox Wi-Fi hotspots at healthcare facilities, business parking lots, grocery stores, outdoor spaces and other locations.
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