STAR TAP SM Connectivity Information
The Next Generation Internet (NGI) is a federally funded initiative to
connect U.S. research institutions and national laboratories, and promote
domestic network development and scientific research. The National Science
Foundation (NSF), as one of the federal agencies supporting NGI, extends
U.S. scientific research opportunities internationally, through its
support of STAR TAP.
Internet2, a private effort by U.S.
universities to upgrade their network connections, also emphasizes STAR
TAP as a solution for universal connectivity.
For more information contact:
Thomas A. DeFanti
Director, Electronic Visualization Laboratory
University of Illinois at Chicago
tom @ uic.edu
There are two ways to connect to the STAR TAP Network Access Point (NAP), located in Chicago, Illinois: a carrier can run a line into the Ameritech Advanced Data Services (AADS) office, or AADS can extend its service to another office/suite in the Chicago area. See: http://www.aads.net/ for AADS connectivity and pricing information.
Submit questions regarding engineering to:
techsupport @ startap.net
Ameritech Provisioning Interval
The price of an Ameritech NAP connection is distance-sensitive and based on the location where the ISP's network meets Ameritech's. ATM pricing also varies according to contract length, with price reductions for longer term contracts. NAP connection prices start at $3,900 per month for a DS3, and $4,700 per month for an OC3. Duration of 12, 36 or 60 month terms are available.
The target Date of Service Availability can take from 4-12 weeks, depending on how the connection is made and the line speed of the connection. The fastest implementations are carrier meets, which can take anywhere from 3-6 weeks from the date we get a valid Carrier Facility Assignment from the customer.
IF AMERITECH IS PROVIDING THE COMPLETE CIRCUIT, THAT IS, RUNNING A LOOP
INTO YOUR BUILDING AND TERMINATING AT A SUITE, THEN BUDGET 8-12 WEEKS FOR
- When pricing a circuit into Chicago use the
following address of the Franklin Street Central Office:
- 311 West Washington Street
- where NPA/NXX = 312.727
- and the CLLI = CHGILFR
- For a price quote, please send e-mail to: email@example.com and techsupport @ startap.net
- Please provide:
- 1. your company name
- 2. your postal address
- 3. NPA/NXX (the phone number at your or your carrier's Point of Presence in
International Transit Network (ITN)
Transit services interconnecting National Research Networks, via the
Internet2 Abilene and
Canadian CA*net4 networks.