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Networking & Telecommunications
Services & Rates for FY 2007

While most ISC Networking & Telecommunications (N&T) rate changes will go into effect beginning July 1, 2006, we are pleased to announce that our reduced 100Base-T Port rates and our wireless rates will be available in January. 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 Network Planning Task Force recommendations are summarized in their December 5, 2005 presentation located at: www.upenn.edu/computing/group/nptf/2005/dec05/index.htm.

All FY ’07 ISC Networking and Telecommunications rates are available online at: www.upenn.edu/computing/isc/networking/rates/.

—Networking and Telecommunications, Information Systems and Computing

Highlights of FY 2007 Changes

100Base-T Port Rate Reduction

•   The 100Base-T Port Rental/Maintenance Fee–Drops to $8.03/month (from $16.03).  Rate effective 1/1/06.

Wireless Monthly Fees Now Cover Equipment Costs

•   Monthly support costs of $27 now include equipment capitalization.  Rate effective 1/1/06.

Data Rates

•   Central Service Fee (CSF)–Will increase from $10.68/month to $10.86/month.

•   Email services rates will increase in FY ’07 by $0.25/month.

Voice Rates

All voice rates will remain unchanged for FY ’07 including new VoIP services.

Video Rates

•   Video Outlets–Penn Video Network outlet rates will increase from $13.50/month to $14.00/month.

•   Video Production, Videoconferencing, and Web Streaming–Hourly rates will increase 10%. 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.

Rates for Existing and Selected New Services

Voice Rates

Long Distance

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

•  Domestic–Billed at $.10/minute.

•  International–For 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 allocated as 30% of total monthly equipment (telephone lines, sets, and voice messaging) costs to each department or center.

Data Rates

FY 2006

FY 2007

Central Service Fee

per IP Address



Port Rental and Connection Maintenance Fee




100Base-T (FY ’07 includes $2 bandwidth surcharge)



Wireless Local Area Networks

Access Point Installation

$1,800 per Access Point

$800* per Access Point

Monthly Fee

$27 per AP/month

$27** per AP/month

* This is an estimate for budgeting purposes. Installations with a larger number of APs tend to have a lower average unit cost. Monthly fee does not include port rental/connection maintenance fee ($8.03/month).

** New for FY07: Monthly support costs include equipment capitalization. 

E-mail Services

POBOX Account–Basic Authentication Security



POBOX–Enhanced Authentication Security (Kerberos)



Note: Volume discounts are available on POBOX for groups of over 500 users. Base quota is 100MB. Additional disk storage on POBOX can be purchased for $6.25/100MB/month.


Video Rates

FY 2006

FY 2007

Active PVN Outlet   $13.50/month $14.00/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.



  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 16, December 20, 2005


December 20, 2005
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