Lab-supported DSL Ends This Month
The Lab-supported DSL service ends Friday, Sept. 30. Employees designated by their division management as requiring high-speed home access can choose their own service provider, and the Lab will reimburse users for 50 percent of the cost. The change is expected to significantly reduce the cost to the Lab while ensuring compliance with DOE guidelines. For details, go here.
IT to Lower Cost of Desktop Phone Calls
Desktop phone rates have been reduced by 60 percent for international calls and 30 percent for domestic and local calls for FY06. The monthly phone service charge has also been reduced by 10 percent. These rate reductions are due to the completion of the Labwide communication cable upgrade project, which involved upgrading most in-building voice and network wiring, and efficiencies within Telephone Services. For current rates, go here.
Dialup Service To Change
LBLnet, which provided internal dialup service (PPP) to the Lab (including 1-800-525-3282) has outsourced the service to SBC. Users who already have DSL at home can take advantage of a free dialup account through their broadband vendor. Contact the vendor directly for instructions on activation. Users who wish to continue dialup, but do not have DSL at home, must email a project ID to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Oct. 10. The cost is $14.95/month plus taxes and SBC surcharges. This shift decreases internal IT costs and monthly charges to users.
Appletalk/IPX Phase Out Continues
The IT Division continues to phase out older network protocols (Appletalk, IPX and DECnet). The Appletalk resource website contains a schedule for key subnets and the buildings they impact. The project will be completed by Friday, Nov. 11. Questions? Call the IT Help Desk (x4357).
Researchers who regularly use ESnet’s Collaboration Services—or who want to learn more about these services—are invited to attend ESnet’s second collaboration meeting to help plan the future direction of ESnet Collaboration Services. Users, engineers and managers of collaboration services at all DOE/ESnet research centers are invited to attend the meeting, which will be held Oct. 12-14, 2005, at Berkeley Lab. Read more.
Audio Conference Bridges Outsourced to MCI
IT is outsourcing audio conference bridges to MCI, decreasing the cost from 23 cents/minute to 7 cents/minute. Previously, Telephone Services set up conferences during working hours by providing users with a bridge number. Now MCI will be available twenty-four/seven. One drawback is that the former 1-800 number for international participants is no longer available; those participants will need to call the number directly and incur the cost. For details, call Telephone Services (x7997).
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