By Natalia Asis, Secretary
nternet, the World Wide Web, the Net… It is part of our generation’s daily life. Most of us do not remember what life was like before we had Internet. We use it to do our homework, to keep in touch with others, to watch Netflix. I use it so much that the only time that I am offline is when I am sleeping. However, it is hard sometimes to find a strong Wi-Fi signal, or a working network, on campus.
This Wi-Fi situation has gotten worse and worse over the past few years. I remember when I could connect my phone to Tempest and it would actually connect. I haven’t experienced that, not even once, this year. The connection has been especially slow since returning from spring break.
The “home is where the Wi-Fi connects automatically” seems not to apply to us, the dorm residents who call the halls our “home” for a couple of months a year. Let’s address the “blame it on the wireless printers” excuse. How many printers are currently on? I know there is one printer in my hall; but how could just one teeny-tiny printer cause so much “harm”? They seem to be powerful little creatures…
I do have to admit that I am a pro-technology person and I use the Internet a lot. So, naturally, no Wi-Fi means no fun. Having no Wi-Fi has helped me realize how much I depend on the Internet and that is something I would like to change in my life.
My theory is that while our campus network hasn’t been updated in a while, every year we tend to do more things online, things that demand more bandwidth. Netflix may be the biggest troublemaker. Every semester, more and more students procrastinate by watching complete seasons on Netflix instead of taking naps or watching TV on the actual television. I would like to see if a Netflix-less day does the trick.
I wouldn’t know who to address this concern to, but this is my proposal: let’s make “improving the Wi-Fi network” a priority. I know we have had a really bad semester so far where money has been leaking out (Thank you very much, Ricker Addition). Nevertheless, we do live in the XXI Century and we need reliable Internet.