UMBC was an early pioneer in offering modem service for Internet connectivity and we are currently among the last universities in Maryland still offering this. Next year, June 30, 2009 will mark the end of UMBC’s dial-up modem service for the campus community. After June 30, 2009 UMBC will no longer provide any dial-up Internet modem service for UMBC faculty, staff or students.
UMBC has offered this free service for more than 15 years. Over that time we have seen modem use decrease dramatically, especially as faster alternate methods such as Cable modems and DSL became commonly available. Unfortunately, as time has passed our modem infrastructure has also aged making them more expensive to maintain. We are now at a point where we would need to make substantial new investments to maintain modem service.
There a number of extremely cost effective alternatives, including a number that support high-speed access. We have listed a number of these options below.
NOTE: These options are only recommendations and are in no way affiliated or supported by the University. It is up to individuals to assess their needs and work with the vendor they feel is appropriate for their situation.