George Mason Exits ISP Business

Posted: June 20, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

As of Sept. 1, faculty, staff, and students off-campus will no longer be able to connect to the Internet through George Mason’s modems. Instead, those who want to surf the web from home will need to subscribe to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) such as America On Line, AT&T, Erols, or others, at their own expense. Off-campus computer users will still be able to dial in to connect to any George Mason web server or web site, and there will be no change in on-campus access.

Says Randy Anderson, manager of emerging technologies in University Computing and Information Systems (UCIS), “As entertainment usage of the Internet grew exponentially and clogged up the pipes, people trying to use the modems to access university resources really suffered.”

The dial-in modems will be reserved for university purposes, such as access to on-campus services like e-mail, library resources and databases, file servers, administrative systems, and academic systems/OSF1. Special access mechanisms will make it possible for modem users to access certain information resources, such as Lexis-Nexis.

“We recognize that some access to the Internet is for legitimate university business. It’s a shame that there is no feasible way to let this traffic through while blocking access to other sites. Fortunately, people can still get access to all of the Internet in the university labs or public libraries,” says Joy Hughes, vice president for Information Technology.

For more information, contact Randy Anderson at x33445 or

The full story will appear in the September issue of the Mason Gazette.

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