History

The telecommunications department was formed in 1986 under the direction of Amil Anderson. During his tenure, Anderson broke the long tradition of paying an outside telephone company to provide student long-distance service and independently operated and maintained a private branch exchange, known as a PBX, system to support the college.  In 1994, the telecommunications offices of St Olaf and Carleton merged. Roughly 25,000 feet of fiber-optic cable was placed around Northfield during the summers of 2002 and 2003 to connect the college campuses. The combined telecommunications office is in charge of the transport of voice, data, and video. In 2006, the College opened a CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Company) and provided Telephone and Internet service to businesses in the downtown Northfield area.  In December of 2015, this CLEC was sold and the college now maintains the PBX and building wiring at St. Olaf and Carleton College.