Burbank schools expand wireless

Before school resumes in August, Burbank Unified officials plan to expand wireless Internet access at three schools where most classrooms offer students just one spot to log on.

New cables will be installed in the ceilings at Burbank Adult School, Stevenson Elementary and Jordan Middle School, and new wireless devices will be mounted to allow Internet access for teachers and students from nearly anywhere on campus, according to Charles Poovakan, director of information technology and educational support.

The project will cost about $370,000 in Measure S bond funds and is part of the Burbank Unified's larger technology overhaul to provide high-speed, wireless Internet district-wide by 2017. The infrastructure upgrade will prepare for, what's expected to be, a larger student population using wireless-ready digital textbooks.

While more than half of Burbank's 20 schools currently have pockets of connectivity, just six provide wireless Internet.


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