Changes to the Modem Pool
To The University Community:
In the March 21, 2000 issue of Almanac, ISC announced planned
changes to Penn's modem services, including the conversion of the main PPP
modem service (215/573-4778) to a for-fee service on July 5, 2000. Faculty,
staff, and students living off-campus who need remote access to PennNet
and the Internet were encouraged to review alternative arrangements described
on ISC's remote access web pages and to sign up for Penn's for-fee service
or with a commercial Internet Service Provider (ISP). An important update
to the original announcement follows.
The no-charge modem service will end on July 31, 2000 instead
of July 4.
ISC has been running a pilot program over the past three months to test
the offerings of selected ISPs. The invaluable feedback we have received
has affected our original recommendations. We are offering this month-long
extension to ensure that all members of the user community have sufficient
time to investigate their options and sign up with the service that best
meets their needs. (At this time, ISC recommends that 56k dialup service,
which is widely available and requires the fewest changes for the individual,
will satisfy the needs of the majority of Penn users.) During June and July,
we are also renewing efforts to inform the campus of how changes to the
modem pool will affect them.
Please review details at http://www.upenn.edu/computing/remote/
and sign up for Internet access now!
For continued remote access to PennNet services and the Internet, faculty,
staff, and students living off-campus need to establish an account with
a commercial ISP or sign up for Penn's for-fee modem service before July
--James J. O'Donnell, Vice Provost, Information Systems