Student complaints about the lack of internet in their rooms will soon be over as phase three of the dorm room internet project is nearing completion. Alyx Stephenson, Roe Cloud Hall resident, says that she would like to be able to do her homework whenever she wants to saying, “I would focus better if I could get the internet in my room. With so many people in the common area it makes it hard to focus.”
Joshua Arce, Chief Information Officer in the Haskell IT department sent out an email to the dormitory staff at the beginning of the semester. The email outlined the three phases of the dorm room internet project for Roe Cloud, Blalock, and Pocahontas Halls.
The first phase was placing the internet lines and the second phase was getting the equipment ready to activate. The last phase, which is yet to be complete, is to update the current bandwidth with a contract modification. Arce commented, “We are very excited to finish the final phase.”
A bandwidth is a range within a band of frequencies or energies which have the capacity for a data transfer of electronic communication systems according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. David Latta, former Accutech (Internet Company) employee commented, “If you have more bandwidth you’ll receive more data at the same time than with a smaller bandwidth.” Latta also said that the bigger the bandwidth, the faster you will receive data.
Arce, who has been working on this project since September of 2014, said that he hoped to have phase three done back in September but they are waiting for the General Service Administration’s Contract Officer to approve the bandwidth modification. “It’s 2015 and every room should have internet” Arce said.
Students pay an internet fee of $50 dollars but according to Arce, that doesn’t go far. It will be about $5,000 a month for the updated bandwidth. Arce questions,“Should it be the schools responsibility to provide internet? Should students have to share the burden?” He thinks the school and the students should share.
Once the internet is on in the dorm rooms, it will bring on five hundred new port connections and will allow the students to reach more resources according to Arce. He says this is a huge step for the school and he is very excited to have it completed. Arce mentioned that he is very student focused, “As an alumni, I want students to have the best opportunity and the best resources.”
With the current bandwidth students have limited availability to some internet sites like Netflix which is blocked during the week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. but unblocked at night and on the weekends. Arce said “Once we see how the new bandwidth is used we can ask to have Netflix unblocked.” He suggested that some trials may be run to see if it would be better for the bandwidth to have it blocked or unblocked. Arce also said that students shouldn’t leave Netflix running when they aren’t in the room because it will continue using the bandwidth. You should close down your browser when you aren’t using it.
Stephenson said that she thinks that internet in the rooms will be good but it could cause laziness. “People will just be in their rooms more often and they won’t socialize since they don’t have to go down to the common area.” Stephenson also commented that with the ports fixed people would just find something else to complain about.
Until phase three is complete there are several hotspots and computer labs around campus to use. Hotspots include: Curtis Hall, Stidham Hall, all academic buildings, Tecumseh, Coffin Complex, the library, the auditorium, and the lobbies or common areas of all the dorms. The labs are located in all the dorms, the library, and the academic buildings.