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Principle 20 - Infrastructure - Communications outside the University

The telecommunications infrastructure must comply with national and international standards that allow reliable, easy interaction with those communities.

 Rationale

Penn's academic and (currently to a lesser extent) administrative functions are increasingly dependent on national and international trends, events, and organizations. Penn explicitly wishes to distinguish itself as the research university whose students, faculty, and programs transcend national borders and cultural boundaries.

 Implications

  • Penn must actively participate in the professional groups and consortia that influence the direction of national and international standards.
  • Balance must be sought among infrastructure solutions that optimize national and international communication, local communication, and personal computing capability.
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