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ITC announces modified dial-up lines plan

Staff Report

ITC logoIn early January, the Division of Information Technology and Com
announced its intention to discontinue its free, low-speed dial-up modem lines at the end of the month, and that it would consider eliminating its high-speed lines at the end of spring semester.

After discussions with many individuals and groups around Grounds — including the provost, deans of schools, and school information technology officials — ITC has modified its original plan, phasing the changes in more gradually for both low- and high-speed lines.

ITC “acknowledges the need for access to the University network for students who live off Grounds, as well as the needs of students receiving financial aid for assistance in obtaining commercial ISP services,” according to an announcement.

The key elements of ITC’s revamped plan:

• Access to most low-speed and all high-speed dial-up lines will continue through the spring semester. On June 1, the low-speed lines will be discontinued. Access to a reduced number of high-speed lines will continue through the 2002-03 academic year.

• Beginning June 1, free dial-up lines will be available only to students. Access will be limited to University network services such as e-mail, University Web-based resources, Toolkit, etc. These dial-up lines will not provide connection to the Internet.

• For returning undergraduates and graduate students who will receive need-based financial aid in the 2002-03 year, the Office of Student Financial Services has added $135 to their calculated budget for related educational expenses. This recognizes the cost of purchasing an ISP account like NTELOS’s (formerly Cornerstone’s) unlimited access service.

• U.Va.’s “proxy server” and a forthcoming new service, U.Va.-Anywhere, will facilitate remote access to library materials that are normally accessible only from the University network.

Students, faculty and staff who have direct connections to the University’s Ethernet network are unaffected by the changes.

For information and alternatives, see If you have questions about these changes, e-mail c.


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