For students, faculty and staff who depend on the network for study, work and research, the news is welcome, said Cindy Phillips, director of customer services at Information Technology Services.
The increase allows information to be moved through NIUNet at the speed of 1 gigabyte per second.
At the same time, ITS negotiated a 60 percent reduction in price per megabyte with the upgrade. Additionally, NIU will save $20,000 annually by eliminating a secondary transport.
“Our users will have more resources to serve their internet needs, especially during high-peak Internet usage times during late morning to mid-afternoon,” Phillips said.
The upgrade also lays the groundwork for more external customers to utilize NIUNet. Currently, high-speed Internet services are conducted through fiber optic cables to neighboring school districts, libraries, municipalities and hospitals.
They include the cities of Naperville, Hoffman Estates and Elgin, and public school districts in DeKalb, Sycamore, Kaneland, Hinckley-Big Rock and Carpentersville.