Broadband Communities

MAR-APR 2015

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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12 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | MARCH/APRIL 2015 PROPERTY OF THE MONTH UP at Metroplex: 'New Benchmark for Student Housing' In this issue, BroadBand Communities showcases UP at Metroplex, a student-housing complex in Vestal, N.Y. As part of an overall renovation, Newman Development Group, the property owner, installed state-of-the-art wired and 802.11ac wireless broadband infrastructure that will meet student needs well into the future. Thanks to Jerry Wojenski of Newman Development Group and Andrew Marshall of Campus Technologies for providing the information for this profle. By Masha Zager / Broadband Communities B ack in the early heyday of student housing, the Newman Development Group (NDG) developed a student-housing project in its hometown of Vestal, N.Y. Te housing was intended to serve students at Binghamton University, part of the SUNY system. NDG partnered with the property manager, Ambling Management Group, and the owner, Binghamton University Foundation, to build the four- building complex, then called University Plaza. Te property was advanced for its time – it was completed in 2004 and opened in 2005 – and was popular with students. A decade later, however, it no longer looked so advanced. Te clubhouse was small, the amenities were unimpressive, the furniture and appliances showed signs of wear and, most important, the broadband was not up to par. A cable company provided Internet, video and phone services to the property, and there was no propertywide Wi-Fi service. Cable modems hung from the walls of the units. Tere were continual problems with connectivity and reliability. "Students can live without a lot," says Jerry Wojenski, executive vice president of NDG Student Living, "but they can't live without Internet service." Students are avid movie watchers and gamers, and they increasingly rely on broadband for coursework. Wojenski explains, "Binghamton tries to get its students to graduate on time, and it maximizes the experience by keeping class time dedicated to lectures and hands-on research. After hours, the students complete their coursework through Blackboard [a learning

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