Offering Home Internet Access to George Mason Users

Posted: October 11, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Emily Yaghmour

Are you satisfied with your Internet service provider (ISP)? If you aren’t, you’ll be interested to know that George Mason may soon contract with an ISP to offer high-quality Internet service at a competitive price to the George Mason community.

For a while now, many members of the Mason community–particularly students–have accessed the Internet for free by dialing into a George Mason modem. But keeping these modems up and running has been an expensive undertaking for the university. Also, the university has been unable to purchase enough modems to keep up with the demand, so users frequently get busy signals when they dial in.

This is a problem many universities have faced, says Randy Anderson, the University Computing and Information Systems (UCIS) manager of emerging technologies. Some have solved the problem by greatly restricting access time to the Internet, and others have solved the problem as George Mason plans to–by contracting with an ISP to offer high-quality, low-cost access.

According to Keith Segerson, UCIS executive director, the service is expected to be available during spring semester 2001.

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