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Faster, better, stronger connection: By December 2014 internet bandwidth on campus will have tripled

September 19, 2014

As the Internet transforms the way we view the world, Monmouth College signed a new agreement with MTC Communications that will give students faster Internet connection as soon as December.

In an email sent out to students from Monmouth College’s Chief Information Officer Daryl Carr, it was stated that bandwidth would triple by the end of 2014. Additionally, bandwidth will significantly increase over a three-year period.

“Academic use of the Internet is quickly becoming central to the way we teach and learn. In addition, the recreational uses of the Internet are limited only by our imaginations. We need fast and reliable Internet service and the growth in demand is not slowing,” said Carr.

More bandwidth means that students and faculty will experience better connectivity and the ability to stream music and videos more quickly.

After the bandwidth is tripled at the end 2014, the agreement calls for it to double by 2015-16 and ramp up another 50% by 2016-17. By then, Monmouth will have multiplied its bandwidth by nine times.

“I think it’s good … with a large amount of students and with the ever increasing dependence on having bandwidth projects, it’s important for the college to increase it bandwidth,” said communication professor Chris Goble.

Students who have had trouble with Internet speed in the past will now be able to surf the web at a quicker pace.

Popular sites such as Netflix, YouTube and Pandora will potentially be more reliable and without pesky connection interruptions. Courses that use the Internet for class work will also benefit from a more proficient network.

“I’m glad we’re finally getting a faster Internet,” said junior Emily Watson. “It’s going to make getting school work done a lot easier.”

Better Internet connectivity will also help the college grow as an institution of higher learning. With increased connectivity, the Monmouth will provide a more reliable network for students and faculty.

The agreement will also provide a redundant Internet connection that will only pertain to north campus. This will reduce the risk of Internet outages during severe weather.

“This new partnership dramatically increases our capability in providing an even richer teaching and learning experience on our campus,” said President Clarence Wyatt, in an email.

“We can now let our imaginations run with the possibilities that technology can bring to us.”

Alistair Ramsay
Courier Staff Writer

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