Lees-McRae College Technology Services is pleased to announce a significant increase in internet bandwidth for the campus. Effective October 30, internet bandwidth for the entire campus increased from 35 megabits per second (Mbps) to 100 Mbps.
Systems Administrator Michael Hughett said, “Negotiations took a while, but were well worth the effort. Not only did we significantly increase our bandwidth, but we are paying $1000 less per month for the service. Some additional adjustments will be made to improve entertainment services such as gaming consoles, but for the College’s main priority, academic needs, there is plenty of bandwidth.”
According to an article in Network World magazine, schools in the US need broadband speeds of 100 Mbps per 1000 users by 2014 to meet the growing demand for web-based instruction and a skyrocketing number of student-owned web devices.
“With the increased use of Sakai and other online learning resources, this upgrade keeps us ahead of the curve,” said Hughett.