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Doing Business As Name:Shepherd University
  • Robert J Warburton
  • (304) 876-5106
  • Jason R Miller
Award Date:06/16/2020
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 99,999
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 99,999
  • FY 2020=$99,999
Start Date:07/01/2020
End Date:06/30/2021
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.070
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:CC* Planning: Shepherd University CI and Regional Connectivity
Federal Award ID Number:2018360
DUNS ID:027784359
Parent DUNS ID:027784359
Program:Campus Cyberinfrastructure
Program Officer:
  • Kevin Thompson
  • (703) 292-4220

Awardee Location

Street:P.O. Box 5000
Awardee Cong. District:02

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Shepherd University
Street:P.O. Box 5000
Cong. District:02

Abstract at Time of Award

This project explores the benefits and costs of bringing fiber optic connectivity and Internet2 access to the Shepherd University campus in West Virginia. This project benefits students, researchers and technology developers in the four-state region (West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia). Network connectivity for research and education is a critical issue in many parts of the United States. West Virginia has several cyber-isolated regions including the Shepherdstown area that is home to Shepherd University. Rivers, mountain ranges, state lines and right-of-way issues stand between the campus and the major technology corridors and dense communication networks nearby. Bridging these barriers would boost the research and educational capacity at this state-supported primarily undergraduate institution. This planning project incorporates the following components. (1) Identify Regional Optical Networks (RONs) capable of bringing Internet2 connectivity to the Shepherd University campus. Identify possible fiber routes from each RON to the campus region. Evaluate costs including for the problematic last-mile portion. (2) Select the most cost-effective route. Work with one or more dark fiber providers and government agencies to engineer a detailed plan that addresses geographical and political boundaries including county and state lines. Enumerate local work permits that would be required. (3) Determine sustainability with projections of ongoing costs. Plan for preferred and alternative sources of revenue. Engage critical partners from the faculty and administration of Shepherd University and other colleges in the region. (4) Create a detailed cyberinfrastructure plan for the campus. Design the Science DMZ and define the relationship between the Internet2-enabled research network and the university’s enterprise networks. Plan for secure access to Internet2 and related networks such as EduRoam. Plan for preferred and alternative network architectures. (5) If implementation is justified, identify one or more funding mechanisms for full Internet2 connectivity. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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