Network Cost Distribution Model
Oregon State University is funding critical communication systems (“the network”) and common communication tools through a network assessment cost distribution model. The model creates an annual cost share that will be assessed quarterly to OSU colleges and major units. (ie. The assessment is made at the Dean / VP level.)

The new model has taken the place of the monthly recurring charges for phones, email and network The assessment is an equitable distribution of the cost it takes to provide the services covered and is based on a weighted model produced by a university-wide Task Force and accepted by OSU F&A.

There are two versions of the share, the Base package, and Full package, described as follows:

Items covered under the Base package:


  • Internet and Internet2 connectivity.
  • Wi-Fi best effort coverage and maintenance for Administrative and General-Purpose Academic spaces, within reasonable budget constraints.
  • A redundant core network
  • Cable infrastructure to the building (fiber optic / copper).
  • DNS/DHCP infrastructure services.
  • Full package adds:
    • In-building cable drops (for phone and commodity networking) not part of a larger construction/remodel/renovation project (typically more than 10 drop locations will need to be funded as part of the larger project budget)
    • General purpose “commodity” Ethernet ports (up to 2 per FTE, one each for computer and IP-phone, if needed.) At present, “commodity” is defined as 1Gbps. As technology and costs change, this will be reassessed within reasonable budget constraints.


  • Telephone (dial tone, local and on campus calling, standard phone features)
  • Domestic long distance & Intra campus tie-line calls (calls to Bend, Newport)
  • Existing telephone instruments (single line, 8 & 16 button digital and VoIP).
  • Voicemail (integrated with email for all Exchange subscribers)
  • Special voice services (Auto attendants, EC500, special call routing/vectoring)

Video conferencing

  • Self-service video bridging services
  • Web-based video conferencing services

Productivity services

  • Email and calendaring (MS Exchange)
  • Box
  • VPN service


  • Support and maintenance of existing cable infrastructure, if installed per published OSU IS Wiring Standards.
  • Tech support & repair of faulty voice & data services if provided by IS and installed per published OSU IS Wiring Standards.
  • Life safety infrastructure to all buildings, including elevator emergency buttons and emergency phones. “Off campus” buildings will be handled through regular commercial telephone services.


Items NOT covered:

  • In building cabling as part of a larger building construction, renovation or remodeling project -- to be funded by project budgets
  • New personal equipment: new phones, telephone instrument upgrades & add on modules, fax or TDD machines, telephone headsets, conference phones, video conference units, etc.
  • Staff time or room rentals associated with hosting video conferences
  • International calling
  • Special circuits (T-1, Metro Ethernet, 1FB, Telco business lines, local loop fees, etc.)
  • Directory listings
  • Computers
  • Computer support (provided through existing CN support or departmental desktop support)
  • Research related edge networking needs (e.g. high speed (10Gbps or greater) edge network connections, research lab connections, etc.)
  • Department prioritized upgrades outside of rolling 5 year IS network plan
  • OSU Auxiliaries are fully funding their own networking and wifi activities


Peer institutions with similar models:


UC San Diego: (phased implementation)