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Guest Wi-Fi access will be free for WVU visitors by end of July

Wireless Internet service will be available free of charge to visitors on the Morgantown campus and the Potomac State College campus in Keyser by Aug.1, eliminating both cost and the need to seek specific passwords from a sponsor.

Information Technology Services is currently rolling out this change to all academic and office buildings, and to the lobbies of residence halls. Steve Belcher, assistant director of networking, said the work should be completed by the end of July.

“WVU.Guest” will automatically appear when users refresh their list of available network, and users will be prompted to complete a brief registration form.

This change will save the University both time and money—about $5,000 a year—by eliminating the need to reconfigure access points on demand. It also saves time for users, who no longer need to request a password. ITS also anticipates a savings of about $12,000 per year by changing guest network providers.

Soon, WVU employees also will have the ability to register people in advance for large events on campus such as conferences. That feature will be tested this fall.

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