FY ‘99 Challenges (Internet 2)
Problem. The grant monies from NSF expire in Feb ‘99 on the vBNS, DS3 (45Meg) connection to MCI.
- Continue DS3 with MCI at a cost of $162,000/yr
- Upgrade DS3 to OC3 at a cost of $260,000/yr
- Switch to OC3 with QWEST in a new program called Project Abilene. For an annual cost of $250,000/yr.
Issue. There will be some overlap of MCI circuit costs and QWEST circuit costs if the QWEST option is selected. The net result will be an increase in I2 costs from $20,000 in FY ‘99 to $250,000 in FY ‘00
Potential Solution. ISC Networking could run a gigapop and actively solicit customer (other universities) to share in high circuit costs of I2 and possibly commodity Internet connections.
Already doing a trial of this with Drexel.