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Bandwidth added, more changes coming

January 30, 2015

Monmouth students returned for the spring semester with the promise of faster Internet. This goal has been met with MTC Communications increasing campus bandwidth by four times the amount it was at the end of 2014.

“With the switch to MTC Communications, our bandwidth maximum for the campus increased from 300 Megabits per second (Mbps) to 1 Gigabits per second (Gbps) with full redundancy before the 2015 fall semester,” said chief financial officer Richard Marshall.

With increased bandwidth, students are now able to experience a quicker and more reliable Internet service. This is important for colleges and universities trying to compete in the growing field of telecommunications. Being able to surf the web and download content at a faster pace can help improve the lives of students and faculty.

“From an academic perspective, students should see more responsive web browsing for research. There should also be a corresponding decrease in the time the average web page can be downloaded and displayed. Video streaming should be more reliable with connections allowing higher resolution display,” said chief information officer Daryl Carr.

Students who are using the Internet for leisure can experience faster load times for their favorite Netflix shows or music on Pandora. From an academic standpoint, increased bandwidth means smoother research abilities and decreased download times of class material.

“I do feel the Internet speed has increased, but I also use an Ethernet cable,” said senior Phil Buckwinkler.

“I notice when you download something that’s under a gig and a half, it’s really fast, but when it’s over that amount, it will stop downloading for a while”.

Ethernet cables allow you to directly connect to the Internet rather than using a wireless connection. This can allow for better Internet speed because Wi-Fi signals depend on how close you are to the router. With Ethernet cables, you have a more reliable connection with less risk of outages.

Along with the increased bandwidth, the school plans to increase Internet speed to two Gbps for the 2015-’16 year and then up to three Gbps in 2016-’17 year.

Alistair Ramsay
Courier Staff Writer

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