In an era of exponential Internet demand, BCNET has successfully cut Internet costs for core members by 17% over last year, while increasing overall capacity.
BCNET offers members access to an exclusive buying club for commercial Internet services. As a buying club, BCNET aggregates commercial Internet traffic from all higher education members to secure better, faster and cheaper Internet. BCNET increases efficiencies by pooling service requirements across higher education institutions.
Internet requirements are identified by the BCNET Network Planning Advisory Committee, a multi-institutional group that collaborates to identify common Internet needs among institutions. The Committee distributes Request for Proposals to commercial Internet service providers, assesses proposals for services, and awards and negotiates contracts on behalf of the member consortium.
*Internet cost savings from 2012-2013 as compared to 2011-2012
Internet Buying Club Fees
BCNET’s Internet Buying Club fees are based on usage measured at the 95th percentile.
Standard rate = $80 / Mbps or a flat rate as follows:
Internet Working Group
[Internet Transit and Peering Working Group Terms of Reference] (Wiki login required)
ITPWG issues Request for Proposals to solicit vendor proposals from Internet Service Providers and continually evaluates Internet quality of service.