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Networking fix saves WSU half a million dollars

From Higher Ed Tech Decisions

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University is implementing GPON, or Gigabit Passive Optical Network, as a compact, high-performance fiber-based alternative to switched Ethernet.

It requires less space while providing greater growth opportunities, decreased power consumption and less time to implement than traditional copper-based solutions. And it offers significant cost savings over a switched Ethernet solution.

“Fiber is flexible,” said Wallace Chase, WSU director of networking, who introduced GPON at WSU. “It’s fairly cost effective to deploy, allowing us to re-cable multiple buildings in a fiscally responsible manner. With the physical infrastructure in place in many of our buildings, fiber allows modifications without the expense of pulling cables.”

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