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College Opens Doors to Free Internet Access for AWG Visitors

Posted: Sunday, March 05, 2006

 

  Kenai Peninsula College students tested the internet connectivity at the local University of Alaska Anchorage campus Photo By Katherine Wells

Kenai Peninsula College students tested the internet connectivity at the local University of Alaska Anchorage campus

Photo By Katherine Wells

Kenai Peninsula College has opened its doors to Arctic Winter Games visitors who want to access their email accounts or surf the Internet during the Games.

“With 6,000 visitors expected, Internet connectivity will be very much in demand,” said Gary J. Turner, college director, and AWG Communications Committee member. “While many with laptops will have access to the web at their hotels there will be many that won’t have that luxury. We can help satisfy that demand,” he said.

The college will have 57 computer stations available to the public and wireless access for those that have wireless-enabled laptops...at no charge.

“The Pentium computers we have will allow visitors to get on the Internet at broadband speeds, plus each computer has Windows XP installed,” said Mark Jensen, KPC Information Technology supervisor. Due to limited printers and costs, printing will not be available at the college; however, people will be able to plug in their “jump” or “flash” drives and take their work with them when they leave.

Due to the expected heavy usage, visitors will need to sign in at Room 106A in the Ward Building when they arrive, and can use a computer for one hour. If they need more time, they will need to vacate their computer for other users and sign up again.

Wireless Internet access is available in the KPC Student Commons and the Brockel Building lobby. The college’s wireless capability is somewhat limited and can accommodate about 20 people at a time. If more than 20 are online, the service slows to a crawl, said Jensen. Visitors will not need to sign up for this service, but their laptops will need an installed wireless card. Wireless access will be available at the same times as the computer labs.

The KPC computer labs will be open the following hours:

Sunday, March 5; 4-9 pm

Monday, March 6; 8 am-7 pm

Tuesday, March 7; 8 am-7 pm

Wednesday, March 8; 8 am-7 pm

Thursday, March 9; Noon-7 pm

Friday, March 10; Noon-7 pm

Saturday, March 10; Closed

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