University of Montana pushes for faster Internet off campus

The Missoulian

By Chelsi Moy

August 3, 2011


The University of Montana has joined a coalition of research universities across the country to advocate for faster Internet services off college campuses.

The goal is to encourage the private telecommunications industry to offer high-speed Internet to more customers. Campuses offer Internet networks that operate sometimes a hundred times faster than home networks, said Ray Ford, UM chief technology officer. And while Gig.U: The University Community Next Generation Project – consisting of 29 universities nationwide- has no interest in competing with the private telecommunication industry, they have an interest in making sure that faculty, staff and students have access to high-speed Internet whether at home or on campus.

“We’re being a self-proclaimed spokesman for the consumer,” Ford said. “We’d like to get together and talk about upgrading consumer services in Missoula.”
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