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ISC Lowers Rate for 10Base-T Connections

Information Systems and Computing (ISC) lowered its monthly rate for ISC-supported 10Base-T Ethernet connections on October 1, 1998. The rate reduction is part of a program to encourage the University community to complete the transition from 10Base2 (coax) to 10Base-T (twisted-pair) Ethernet wiring and connections. The newer unshielded, twisted-pair cable (called Category 5), coupled with switched electronics, allows for greater bandwidth, faster speeds, and quicker problem resolution.

The new rate is $19.25 a month per 10Base-T connection, a $3.00 per month decrease. A further rate reduction is expected on July 1, 1999. By comparison, the 10Base2 rate is currently $26.00 a month per connection and is expected to go up to $30.00 a month per connection on July 1, 1999.

Rate Reduction Details

The 10Base-T rate reduction is the result of:

These electronics allow for quicker problem resolution.

Free Conversions from 10Base2 to 10Base-T

ISC Networking will also continue to convert existing 10Base2 connections to 10Base-T free of charge between now and June 30, 1999. The $91.00 fee per 10Base-T connection will be waived for clients who ask ISC to disconnect an existing 10Base2 connection and simultaneously activate a new 10Base-T connection in the same wall plate or room. The free conversion offer is applicable only on ISC-supported 10Base2 connections and excludes new wiring charges that may be needed.

In addition, since 10Base2 connections are no longer strategic and are not likely to be supported for more than two or three years, ISC will no longer install coax cables for new 10Base2 connections as of January 5, 1999.

ISC will schedule your conversion on one of the following timetables:

Note: Work will be completed by special arrangement if your wiring center is over-populated or has limited infrastructure (such as fiber). In this case, we will evaluate your needs and discuss pricing and scheduling options within 2-4 weeks. Work will then proceed on an agreed upon schedule if budget approval is given.

Scheduling Installations or Conversions

For new installations or to schedule a conversion, please call 898-9654 or send e-mail to installs@isc.upenn.edu.

--Michael Palladino, Executive Director, ISC Networking

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