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Premium Remote Access Line Changes
By Joe Adamo, Director of Communications Services
UNT provides remote access facilities to its students, faculty and staff in Denton, Dallas and Fort Worth. Remote access users can choose from either standard 'free' remote access that supports dial-up speeds of up to 33.6Kbps or they can subscribe to Premium Remote Access Service (PRAS) that supports dial-up speeds of up to 56kbps. The charge for PRAS is currently $45 per semester.
When PRAS was approved, it was agreed that a 7:1
subscriber to line ratio would be maintained in order to ensure
subscribers access to the lines. Currently there are 165 access lines (7
T1s) installed in Denton, 48 access lines (2 T1s) installed in Dallas
and 12 access lines installed in Fort Worth for a total of 225 access
lines. Using the 7:1 ratio, the 225 access lines will support up to 1575
subscribers, but we currently have only 732 subscribers to PRAS The
number of PRAS subscribers varies each semester but has continued to
drop over the years due to the many alternatives (commercial dial-up
providers, DSL, cable, dorm Ethernet connections) that are available to
them, we felt, therefore, that an analysis and reconfiguration of this
service was warranted.
If you have questions or comments about the PRAS reconfiguration, contact Joe Adamo ( jadamo@UNT.EDU
), Director of Communications Services.