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Networking & Telecommunications Services & Rates
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Highlights of FY 2006 Changes

A number of ISC Networking & Telecommunications (N&T) rate changes will go into effect starting July 1, 2005. Most of these changes result from recommendations made by the Network Planning Task Force, a cross-campus team made up of technology and business staff as well as leaders from the faculty, student body, and administration that discusses and resolves issues surrounding the planning and funding of PennNet. This year’s Task Force recommendations are summarized in their December 6, 2004 presentation located at: www.upenn.edu/computing/group/nptf/archive/2004/dec06/index.htm.

All FY ’06 ISC Networking and Telecommunications rates are available online at: www.upenn.edu/computing/isc/networking/rates/.

Rate Reductions

Three of our data service rates will go down in FY 2006.

•  100Base-T Port Rental/Maintenance Fee – Drops to $16.03/month (from $21.70). This rate went into effect starting 11/1/04.

•  Wireless Access Point Monthly Fees – Decrease from $30 to $27 per month.

•  Wireless Access Point Installation Estimates—Lower to $1,800/AP for FY ’06.

Data Rates

•  Central Service Fee (CSF) - Will increase from $10.43/month to $10.68/month.

•  Port Rental/Maintenance Fee for 10Base-T connections will not increase in FY ’06.

•  E-mail services rates will not increase in FY ’06.

Voice Rates—All voice rates will remain unchanged for FY ’06.

Video Rates

•  Video Outlets—Penn Video Network outlet rates will increase from $13.00/month to $13.50/month.

•  Video Production, Videoconferencing, and Web Streaming—Hourly rates will increase for the first time in five years. New rates are published at www.upenn.edu/video/pvp/costs.html.

If you have any questions or need assistance determining which services you require, please call ISC Networking and Telecommunications at (215) 898-2883.

Data, Voice and Video Rates

Data Rates FY 2005 FY 2006

Central Service Fee

per IP Address



Port Rental and Connection Maintenance Fee




100Base-T (Includes $10 bandwidth surcharge)



Wireless Local Area Networks

Access Point Installation

$2,000 per Access Point

$1,800* per Access Point

Monthly Fee

$30 per AP/month

$27 per AP/month

* Please note: The Access Point Installation Fee is an estimate for budgeting purposes. Installations with a larger number of APs tend to have a lower average unit cost. Departments will be billed actual costs. Monthly Fee does not include port rental/connection maintenance fee.

E-mail Services

POBOX Account - Basic Authentication Security



POBOX - Enhanced Authentication Security (Kerberos)



Large E-mail List Management

One-time $30 setup charge plus $20/six months per list

One-time $30 setup charge plus $20/six months per list

Note: Volume discounts are available on POBOX for groups of over 500 users. Additional disk storage on POBOX can be purchased for $15/10 MB.

Voice Rates

Long Distance

Long-distance direct-dialed calls are charged at a flat per-minute rate.

•  Domestic—Billed at $.10/minute.

•  InternationalFor flat per-minute rates to individual countries, go to the long distance section of our rates pages (www.upenn.edu/computing/isc/networking/rates).

Note: Rates are subject to change. This flat rate does not apply to ISDN or Operator-assisted calls of any type.

Allocated Costs

Allocated charges cover the cost of providing a unified telecommunications system (voice infrastructure, operator services, etc.) for the University. This cost is shared by all those who use the system, and is evenly allocated as 30% of total monthly equipment (telephone lines, sets, and voice messaging) costs to each department or center.

Video Rates FY 2005 FY 2006
Active PVN Outlet $13.00/month $13.50/month

The Penn Video Productions group offers a full range of production, storage, and distribution  services. For a complete description of rates and available services, see www.upenn.edu/video/pvp/.

Videoconferencing Services and Facilities—This service provides a fully-interactive “virtual meeting” between groups located at geographically-separated points. Call (215) 898-9142 or (215) 573-4006 for more information.




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