Volume 93, Issue 20

October 1, 1999


NEWS

Star's strategy angers papers

Commercialization raises debate

Bars prepare for Homecoming rush

Internet access quickens for students

Polls shouldn't be taken lightly

Program to improve cancer patient care

Stuff

Caught on campus

Internet access quickens for students



By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

Students who have signed up for Bell Canada's new high-speed internet access will soon be surfing the web with more convenience than ever.

Mike Bauer, senior director of Information Technology Services at Western, said Bell and Western have signed a three-year contract, making Bell Sympatico High Speed Edition internet access available to students.

"It will be helpful," Bauer said of the new service, adding the new technology operates at very high speeds.

Bauer explained students, staff and faculty can sign up for the HSE modem access and receive a discount if they are hooked up with Bell long distance. He added there is also the option of hooking up the HSE to the university system to access library catalogues, for an additional $25 a year. "The advantage of that is people need access to machines on campus," he said.

Another benefit to the students who sign up for the service is that no additional telephone lines will be required for its use. The

service also allows usage of the phone and internet simultaneously – something not possible in all systems.

One catch to the deal, Bauer explained, is a subscriber has to be within a 4.5 kilometre radius of a Bell Canada centre. But he added the access should be able to extend its arms out further in the future. "This is step one."

Liane Sullivan, associate director, broadband communications of Bell Advance Communications, said this access will allow users to save a lot of time. "We're talking about 20-odd times faster than you would normally be able to access something," she said.

Sullivan said the days of contending with delays on the internet and waiting for files to download are over for those who have signed. Course material, library files and resources will now be available at your home, she added.

With respect to the geographic limitations of the service, Sullivan confirmed students, staff and faculty must ensure they are close enough to a Bell centre to have access.

"We've provisioned three central offices in London. The university is right on the edge of the 4.5 kilometre range," she said of the Dundas and Talbot Streets site.

Judy Steward, ITS help desk team leader, said this access will open up for off-campus students, as those in residences are already hooked up through the university. Steward added some off-campus students have already subscribed to the service.

Sarah Major, a first-year arts student and user of the service, said on a scale from one to 10, she would give the HSE a seven or eight.

"I've been satisfied with it," she said. "It's been pretty good." However, Major added she would not use the service again next year because she plans on being hooked up with another company.


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