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Installation could take three years

The IT infrastructure of many U.S. government institutions is lacking and is set for an overhaul under President Obama. The need for IT and security is highest in the government where potential security breaches could harm the safety of the country and our armed forces.

The House of Representatives announced today that it would soon install a Wi-Fi network inside the sprawling 505,000 square foot multi-building campus. The installation of the wireless network is expected to take as long as three years and may begin as soon as January. One House spokesman hinted that the installation of the wireless network could be completed more quickly, but no firm timeline was given.

The wireless network will use 802.11n reports InformationWeek and will be installed to start with in cafeterias and eventually spread to cover member's offices, hearing rooms, and other locations within the building. Setting up a wireless network in such a large campus, with walls made of marble will be a challenge.

The House also expects the network to be very robust with enhanced security. The contractor who installs the network will be required to integrate network security and management tools into the network and eventually maintain the network. One key specification is that the network needs to be able to locate rogue access points and users.

The network will be used for internet connectivity, VoIP, and location-based applications. Currently there is little coverage for Wi-Fi on the House campus with most using 3G access reports InformationWeek.

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By n0ebert on 12/17/2009 10:52:11 AM , Rating: 2
It's nice to see they're finally coming into the 21st century with technology, but I can't see a wireless network for them as a good thing. I still remember 'the internet is a series of tubes' speech. Although I'm sure there will be oodles of security, nothing is 100% secure and a wireless network is far from the best idea.

Although it will be funny when the first hacker to break into the network finds all the porn they've been looking at instead of listening to bill proposals.

RE: ehh..
By Einy0 on 12/17/2009 6:48:53 PM , Rating: 2
In this case I think I'd have to agree. Too much sensitive data flowing around to allow wireless... Now on the other hand if it was meant for non-government related web and file sharing use then who cares... I have no problems with the Obama family getting on some WoW time... lol...

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