Fibers and Cables: Keeping Technology Going Behind the Scenes

Advances in information technology have changed the way individuals and organizations access, process, and communicate information. For that reason, California State University campuses must be adequately connected with each other and with information resources worldwide. Providing the wiring, connections, pathways, fibers, cables, network hardware and equipment for computers, telephones, and voice mail is a never-ending, expensive necessity to keep up with the increasing need for communication networks.

Communications infrastructure makes it possible for office, lab, and classroom computers to connect to the Internet, send e-mail, access a server, check the library's catalog, or print to a shared printer. Infrastructure must adjust as required speed and capacity increase, when new buildings are constructed, when staff and faculty change locations, and as more mediated classrooms and labs are needed.

At CSU, Chico, it will cost approximately$18 million to build up the campus infrastructure to meet growing networking needs. The funding from Proposition 1A will cover most of Chico's "build-out," slated to begin July 2001. The completion of this project will mean that offices and classrooms on campus will have high-speed capabilities for voice, data, and video, and that networking will be easily expandable to meet the technology needs of the students, faculty, and staff.

A CSU, Chico Infrastructure Build-out Committee has been formed to work with the Chancellor's Office to ensure proper and adequate build-out, and consists of representatives of Facilities Management, Facilities Planning, and Information Resources. In preparation for this project, they have already begun working with colleges and departments to address infrastructure issues in each building.

Chico's infrastructure build-out is part of the systemwide Integrated Technology Strategy—Technology Infrastructure Initiative. This project will cost an estimated $244 million across all 23 CSU campuses. The CSU network infrastructure begins at the desktop and extends within the system of 23 campuses, across an extended community of public educational institutions in the state, and to information and communications resources worldwide.

For more information, see

Dan Crozier, Communications Services, and Vicky Banes, Information Resources

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