By Greg Brenn
Union has partnered with Apogee, “the largest, most innovative provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNet) in higher education,” as stated on the company’s website, to supply the upgrades.
A survey was completed by prospective students, which stated that three in five students would not go to a college that didn’t have free Wi-Fi.
In addition, 90 percent of college students say Wi-Fi access is as essential to education as are classrooms and computers. It is apparent that there exists a growing need for a reliable Internet connection in the comfort of a student’s residential space.
Union’s IT department Chief Information Officer Ellen Borkowski stated that the new system is in place and is working very well, though the IT department has not yet received much feedback from students because it is still early in the term.
“Overall, I believe students are happy with the increased performance. As with any normal implementation, there are going to be hiccups, which have been resolved by Apogee as we have heard about them,” said Borkowski.
Apogee, the company that distributes the new ResNet service, also provides residential networks to colleges such as Ithaca College and Rhode Island College, along with other larger universities such as Georgia State University and the University of North Texas.
Students like Chris Sainato ‘14 are enjoying the new upgrades to the residential Internet connectivity. “I’m extremely excited to regularly use this quicker Internet service,” he said. “After a week of use it definitely seems more reliable with wider coverage than what we had access to during the fall term.”
In addition to the upgraded five Mbps download speed, increased from one Mbps, students now have access to 24/7 support from Apogee if any problems arise.
So far though, very few problems have been reported, even in houses not directly on campus.
Resident of a Seward house, Sebastian Nilsson ‘15, has noticed a general increase in Internet speed. “Though I thought the Internet connection suited my needs last term, I look forward to experiencing these changes throughout the term,” Nilsson explained.
Whether students are streaming the new episode of Suits or downloading lecture notes, the new ResNet network will aim to keep students constantly connected, with fewer limitations when accessing the essential web of knowledge.