As thousands of educators converge in Philadelphia June 27 for the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), many will get their first look at a fledgling concept that would allow students and faculty nationwide to access their institution's wireless local area network, or WLAN, from any wireless access point at any other campus in the country.

Dubbed the Education First Network, the joint effort--sponsored by wireless technology providers Airpath Wireless Inc. and Bluesocket Inc., in association with the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) and the Broadband Alliance--seeks to build the first ever coast-to-coast, inter-campus Wi-Fi...

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