Managing Costs: Internet
Experimentation with lower-cost ISPs is proving fruitful. Average cost per meg has gone from $500 in FY2001 to $230 in FY2002.
Preliminary analysis indicated that residential users of PennNet (who pay approximately 20% of the CSF for FY2002) were consuming nearly 2/3 of bandwidth.
ISC views itself as technology enablers and would prefer not to limit usage.
An internal team has been working on strategic and tactical plans to both enable technology and manage costs.
Potential options for managing costs were researched, tested, outlined and implemented.
The goals were to: 1) gain some headroom on 255 Mbps of potential Internet traffic; 2) Minimize impact to on-campus users; 3) begin to separate the residential from non-residential traffic.