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April 23, 2019

You may have noticed an increase in the amount of digging that is occurring around campus. Some of this is related to new buildings that are going up, such as the new residence hall or the new dining facility by the library, but some of it originates from the IT department. For the past two years, the Information Technology department has been heavily investing in upgrading our physical network infrastructure. Most of our users will never actually see this infrastructure directly, but you’ve seen evidence of this where contractors have been digging holes around campus. We’ve been replacing aging fiber optic cables with new cables, as well as installing additional fiber to provide a more resilient network. The intent is that if a fiber cable gets accidentally cut or a network device dies, no one will lose their network connection. In addition, increased capacity will meet the needs of a growing student body with higher expectations for performance and availability. We’re not completely there yet for every building, but we’re well on our way.

CedarNet is a vital part of our campus. We wouldn’t be able to operate very long without access to on-campus resources or the internet. Continuing to upgrade our infrastructure will ensure access to needed resources for years to come.

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