University of California, Riverside

Communications Infrastructure Fee



Benefits & Advantages


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  1. The Communications Infrastructure Fee is a “Technology Transparent” rate model. It attempts (to the greatest degree possible) not to link rates and fees to any specific technology. Therefore, as technologies change and C&C implements new systems, services, and products, the funding mechanism remains stable and predictable (since funding is linked to the number of Communications Workers and not to any given service or technology). This “Technology Transparent” rate will therefore facilitate campus implementation and utilization of a converged network, where voice, data, and video are all transported on a common infrastructure.

  2. The Communications Infrastructure Fee will encourage the use of the data network for academic and administrative purposes. Departments will avoid large, initial "out of pocket" expenses to access the the network and will (by policy) be charged for all FTE within certain title codes. Since there is no way to avoid the Communication Infrastructure Fee, the incentive will be for faculty and staff to utilize communications technologies in the most efficacious manner possible in the support of teaching, research, and public service.
  3. The Communications Infrastructure Fee (unlike an active network jack fee) will not encourage inappropriate departmental or unit behavior to avoid costs. For example, at other institutions that recover network costs via an active jack charge, some users independently purchase network electronics and "hide" this equipment behind a single network address.
  4. The Communications Infrastructure fee resolves billing problems associated with mobile computing. For example, wireless network access, by definition, does not require a fixed network address or an active network jack. DHCP (dynamically provided IP addresses) allows users to obtain network access without an assigned IP address or even an assigned active network jack (DHCP, in a particular building, will allow network access from any active jack in the building). Since it is "Technology Transparent," the Communications Infrastructure Fee resolves the mobile computing dilemna.
  5. The Communications Infrastructure Fee also resolves problems associated with departments that maintain semi-autonomous networks (that is, networks that are co-managed by the department and C&C). In these circumstances, C&C provides the department with blocks of IP addresses and access to network switches. Departments are therefore capable of activating network jacks and utilizing IP addresses as needed. Currently, the Bourns College of Engineering, the Residence Halls, and the Library partner with C&C co-managing their departmental networks. Once again, even in this distributed network management model, the Communications Infrastructure Fee provides a stable funding mechanism while allowing for flexible technology deployment and management.

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