California Educational Data Processing Association
The DataBus - Vol. 37, No. 4
June-July, 1997

New SprintLink DS3 Augments CSUnet--4CNet Internet Access

Mike McLean, CSUnet-4CNet

In the continuing effort to provide premium service to the California State University and others in the California educational community, the CSUnet backbone has been augmented with a second dedicated full-speed DS3 (45 Megabits per second) Internet connection. This new access line connects from the CSUnet site at San Francisco State University to the SprintLink Internet service and augments the existing MCInet Internet service. This represents one of the first steps in the transition of CSUnet into 4CNet.

“Upgrading to new facilities comes at a time when we are expanding the network to interconnect all 123 California Community College sites with full T-1 capability to 4CNet and the Internet by year-end,” says Dave Reese, project director of 4CNet. This investment is expected to provide our subscribers with better direct access to the Internet.” Reese continues, “This new connection will allow subscribers to gain the most direct access to both MCInet and SprintLink services (the two largest Internet network service providers in North America), and we believe the lowest latency [round-trip times].”

Users have already seen improvement in their access to web sites connected via the SprintLink Internet service. CSU has already begun upgrading their hub sites to DS3 (45 Megabits per second) access to every service area in the State. These upgrades will enable the network to grow beyond just the Internet and allow for additional growth of existing video applications. Users have some of the best access to California’s networks.

A few of the new benefits and features include:

When complete, the network upgrades will provide:

For further information check the 4CNet home page at www.4c.net.

Michael A. McLean is Manager of Customer Service Support for CSUnet, a service of the CSU Chancellor’s Office. He can be reached by e-mail at .

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