LEXINGTON, Kentucky, February 12, 2007–The most in-depth examination to date of IP communications technology, present and future, on college and university campuses will be offered in the ACUTA Summit on IP Communications in Higher Education April 1-4 in Baltimore.

It is the first time that ACUTA, the Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, has devoted one of its quarterly gatherings so exclusively to a single technology topic, and it promises to be the top event of its kind this year.

ACUTA is the only national association dedicated to serving the needs of higher education communications technology professionals, representing some 2,000 individuals at 800 institutions. In its IP Summit presentations, ACUTA will bring together representatives of colleges and universities of all sizes along with industry experts and equipment and service providers, all providing their expert insight in highly interactive panel discussions of the state of IP on campus.

Kicking off the event, ACUTA will report the findings from an extensive survey of its member institutions, reflecting the extent to which they are deploying IP networks and VoIP, the challenges they have faced in their implementations, and how they feel the technology has benefited and will benefit their campuses. That survey will serve as the backdrop to many of the presentations throughout the IP Summit.

Some 40 panelists, including representatives of 20 colleges and universities as well as journalists, consultants, and industry experts, will address topics such as the breadth of campus VoIP deployment, security, management, financial considerations, technical challenges, user issues, and the most effective IP applications. There will also be a series of hands-on demonstrations by equipment makers Avaya, Meru Networks, Verizon Business, and Video Furnace.

"The IP Summit offers a valuable opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from those who imagine the future as well as those who are implementing it," said Jeri Semer, executive director of ACUTA. "Convergence represents a communications revolution, with higher education in the forefront of it. This event is a truly cooperative learning event, both through the interactive presentations and the ample opportunities for networking."
Complete information about the IP Summit can be found at the ACUTA website, www. acuta.org. The event will be held at Baltimore´s Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

About ACUTA

ACUTA, the Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, is an international non-profit educational association serving colleges and universities. Its core purpose is to support higher education communications technology professionals in contributing to the achievement of the strategic mission of their institutions. ACUTA represents nearly 2000 individuals at more than 800 institutions of higher education, with members ranging from small schools and community colleges to the 50 largest U.S. institutions. ACUTA´s Corporate Affiliate members represent all categories of communications technology vendors serving the college/university market. For more information, visit www. acuta.org or call 859-278-3338.

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