George Washington University

Gigabit Ethernet supports 300% annual growth in Internet usage

Meeting the bandwidth demands of the Net-Ready Student Body is no small challenge.

By the end of the 2000-01 academic year, George Washington University (University / Washington, DC USA) was faced with undertaking a major connectivity upgrade or implementing usage governors that would severely limit what the students could do on the Internet - an unrealistic option.

So, the University went shopping for a connectivity upgrade. GW needed a giant, dedicated and uncluttered pipe to the Internet, stable service, diverse routing and, of course, the right price. The decision turned out to be easy.

After initially selecting Cogent based on price and performance, the University quickly appreciated the ease of installation and the overwhelming availability of bandwidth. Today the University continues to increase web-enabled administrative applications, enabling students to remotely check grades and register for classes.

As GW watched user demand spike another 300% in the last academic year, it continues to rely on Cogent as its largest and primary bandwidth provider.

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