Remember when we declared that “Georgetown is still not even close to being a totally-wireless campus?”
Boy, were we wrong.
Over the next academic year, University Information Services (UIS) will overhaul the network infrastructure of Alumni Square, Copley Hall, Darnall Hall, Harbin Hall, Henle Village, LXR, Nevils, Village A, and Village C.
That’s right—when UIS finishes its upgrades, every residence hall at Georgetown will have wireless internet access.
“Working with University leadership, we recognized that there’s many areas on campus that need wireless internet access,” UIS Director Beth Ann Bergsmark said. “But, everybody agreed that the residence halls are a priority.”
The University will fund the upgrades through a partnership with Cisco Systems, which was “very, very aggressive with their discounts,” according to Bergsmark.
In order to guarantee a fast-paced conversion, UIS plans to upgrade the residence halls simultaneously. Bergsmark claimed that the entire process will run through the fall semester, but added that it will “definitely” be done by the end of the spring semester.
“I don’t want to commit to anything, but we’re trying to do everything we can to get it up as quickly as possible,” she said.
When the networks are up and running, students can expect faster internet connections than those currently in residence halls outfitted for wireless access, such as the South-West Quad.
“The speeds will be faster,” Bergsmark said. “You’ll notice better speeds in high-density coverage.”
Within the first weeks of the fall semester, UIS will publish a schedule to notify students about construction and conversion dates.
(And if you’re reading this, David Lambert, we’d like to buy you an apology drink. If you’re up for it, send us an email.)