AcIS Links Columbia Faculty, Student, and Staff Apartments to the Campus Network

NEW YORK, July 9, 2004 Columbia University Academic Information Systems (AcIS) has wired 54 of Columbia’s residential apartment buildings in Morningside Heights through an unprecedented residential connectivity project. In stages, Columbia’s faculty, staff, and students in university apartments are gaining access to the university’s on-campus high-speed network, including Internet and Internet2 connections. By the end of the project AcIS will have installed Ethernet in nearly 8,000 units in 127 buildings, creating perhaps the best residential connectivity for a university community in the world. There are approximately 1,700 units currently wired.

In 2002, AcIS began the project to install Ethernet (switched 100 megabit per second) into university apartment housing buildings in Morningside Heights. The project has progressed gradually, rewiring university apartments as they have been vacated and on request by existing university-affiliated tenants. The network, which is owned and operated by Columbia, provides faculty, staff, and students in university apartment housing with service that is at least 10 times faster than what is available from commercial broadband network service providers such as DSL and cable modem, at rates that are competitive to those charged by such commercial providers. High-quality technical support is provided by AcIS consultants and network analysts who provide similar support in campus offices and university residence halls.

“We want to take advantage of the proximity of our University-owned housing to provide excellent and seamless connectivity for faculty, staff, and graduate students, at a cost comparable to, or lower than commercial broadband providers, at speeds of at least an order of magnitude higher,” explained Vace Kundakci, Deputy Vice President of Academic Information Systems.

For additional information about AcIS’s residential Ethernet project, please contact Alan Crosswell, Director, Academic Information Systems at 212-854-3754, or visit AcIS’s website about the project at

Academic Information Systems (AcIS) is the central organization supporting academic use of technology at Columbia University. It is a service organization whose mission is to improve the quality of instruction and research at the University through the strategic use of computing and communications technologies. AcIS also provides several core services to all faculty, students, and staff at Columbia including e-mail services, network services and Internet access, central web servers, and a central ID system for managing access to computing resources.

AcIS is part of the Information Services Division at Columbia University, which also includes the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL), the Center for Research on Information Access (CRIA), the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC), and the University Libraries. To learn more about AcIS, go to its website at

07/09/04 JD