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

March SIG Summary

Eric Boutwell, San Francisco Unified School District

The SIG meeting in Palm Springs on March 24 was hosted by Bay Networks. The theme was WAN Design Considerations that take into account the new Pricing for K-12 Telecommunications. Bay’s technical team gave the group an excellent presentation of the current state of networking in both LANs and WANs. The session covered networking from A to Z. Hubs, routers, and switches were covered not only from a technical perspective but also included how schools use the technology today and what will be available to them in the near future. To connect the wide area together we discussed the pros and cons of ISDN, Frame Relay, point to point, microwave, radio, satellite, and connections through cable companies. The Bay team handled all the technical questions the group asked and lead us in a lively discussion. Each district or county office that was present described how they were set up, and Bay proposed alternatives for the future taking in to account new technologies and the new PUC pricing. With all the expertise in the room, multiple solutions were found to most networking problems. For the latest information on The Telecommunication Act of 1996 see http://www.fcc.gov/ccb/universal_service or for PUC pricing in California see the California department of Education web page at http:/goldmine.cde.ca.gov.

The next SIG meeting is on June 12th in Yolo county The theme is “Advanced Web Pages.” On July 24 we will be meeting in Costa Mesa and the main theme will be “Novell Networks.” Look for the CEDPA SIG flyers on these two up coming events.

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