So much for a new network
The network people finally came to my dorm room today. They installed a new box that said "China Telecom" on it. This box has a phone jack. They did not use the space on the existing panel labeled "China Netcom". So it seems the University is only switching ADSL providers. The people in the dorm will not have the ability to just plug in a network cable and surf the net. That is, if they ever finish the repairs to the underseas cables.