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UW-L retires their last satellite dishes

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) -  A changing of the technological times at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse.

The school removed satellite dishes Friday that date back to the 1980s, when they were used to downlink movie files to campus.

According to Jim Jorstad, Director of Academic Technologies at UW-L, as technology advanced in the following decades, the satellite dishes fell into disuse and became obsolete. When the dishes were removed, some staff members were left pondering a potential loss of technological identity on campus.

"When you take the dishes off the buildings, you kind of remove that iconic image of technology," Jorstad said. "Today technology is translucent. It's there, you just don't see it as much. Some people were lamenting once you take the dishes off you don't know if that's a technology building or isn't."

Jorstad said the campus will soon run entirely on digital technology.

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