New Network Technology to Be Installed at Mason

Posted: June 8, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: June 5, 2009 at 4:00 pm

By Bobbi Ritz, Information Technology Unit

Mason’s Information Technology Unit is installing a new multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) system this month.  The new system will allow faculty and staff members to achieve

•    better communication between users in the same department but in different physical locations;
•    increased user security;
•    greater flexibility for special request provisioning.

To install the new system, a series of planned network and Internet Protocol (IP) telephone outages will occur on a building-by-building basis across Mason’s campuses in Northern Virginia.

The outages will disrupt network and IP telephone service, as well as applications accessed through the Internet, such as Blackboard, myMason, iTunes and many others.  To minimize the impact on the Mason community, the outages will occur mainly between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Network Engineering will be on site at the affected buildings the morning after the work is complete, should any problems arise.  You can contact them by sending an e-mail to or calling 703-993-5115.

The Information Technology Unit greatly appreciates your patience as we continue to improve Mason’s network connectivity and security.

For the schedule and other information, please visit the outages web site.

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