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IT Trends :: Thursday, December 7, 2006

Deals, Contracts, Awards

Northern Illinois University Leads Effort for Fiber-Optic Triangle

NIUNet and the Northern Illinois Technology Triangle aims to provide higher-speed connectivity in an area where commercial connectivity providers do not see an overwhelming market reason to invest dollars. The two parallel networks were envisioned as connecting the Chicago area, DeKalb and other areas further west, and Rockford via leased and newly built fiber roughly following the Interstate 88, 90, and 39 corridors, creating a closed, triangle-shaped loop of fiber...

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Mandatory E-Buying Seen by Some as Burdening Departments at UVA

And the battle is on at the University of Virginia, with departments like English thinking that the “UVa Marketplace” is cool beans, and departments that spend more money up in arms. The commonwealth of Virginia’s statewide electronic procurement system, known as eVA, is the key. The original plan was for the service to be optional, but somehow it turned mandatory. The penalty for not using eVA? Extra fees. But the reward for using eVA correctly as required? Still more fees…

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