Internet Expects Acceleration
Widespread panic struck the campus during last semester's reading period when the computer server slowed to a tortoise-like pace due to heavily increased use. Because of the intensive use of e-mail, the internet and servers like student lockers, the server became significantly backed up, creating a situation where many students were unable to use computers until traffic decreased.
Another consistent complaint among students has been the pokey pace of the internet, especially during high-use hours, such as late in the afternoon. In an attempt to rectify this problem, the Director for the Center of Information Technology John Bucher said, "Within a few days Oberlin's internet connectivity will be increased significantly."
With the help of a new fiber line, the internet connection will be upgraded to 12 megabits per second, as opposed to the four and a half megabits per second connection Oberlin had in the fall.
Cleveland Monorail Proposed
While most students were struggling to finish their Winter Term projects, the planning committee for the proposed Northeast Ohio commuter rail met to discuss potential plans for a commuter rail system spanning Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina Counties.
A series of public meetings have been scheduled to gauge citizens' opinions as to whether the monorail would be feasible and beneficial for the region. Currently the NEORail feasibility study is in the process of determining elements such as the cost, ridership and benefits of the proposed transportation system. The proposal forwarded during January stipulates that the commuter rail begin with two specific routes, one connecting Lorain with downtown Cleveland, and the other joining Cleveland with Mantua.
The first construction phase would cost approximately $300 million. It is estimated that about 6,600 commuters would utilize the train each day.
"Our region has been talking generally about a commuter rail for decades, and the prioritizing of a proposed commuter rail routes system is a critical turning point," said Medina County Commissioner Stephen Hambley, who also serves as president of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency.
If ratified, the commuter rail could begin operating as early as five years from now.
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