Trustees Approve Plans for Internet Switching Center at Cal State Hayward
of an Internet switching center could begin in the fall on
the California State University, Hayward campus following a
unanimous vote of approval by the California State
University Board of Trustees.
11-0 vote on Jan. 24 clears the way for a 20-year contract
to be developed
between the California State University system, Cal
and Geographic Network Affiliates International for a
project on campus. The first phase of construction begins
initial phase calls for development of a
to house network equipment and servers belonging to
carrier companies. Multiple carrier companies lease
within the same carrier hotel so they can easily
A second phase would add a 200,000-square-foot building
construction could begin by the end of this year.
of telecommunications carrier companies are Sprint, Cable
AT&T, Pacific Bell and MCI.
center would be located on six acres at the south end of the
undeveloped land in a valley near the university’s Pioneer
the plan approved by the trustees, GEO would build the
and lease them from Cal State Hayward for a minimum
or 25 percent of the net, whichever is greater. When the
complete, the university could earn revenues ranging from $1
$2 million a year. These funds could be used for academic
support of projects such as a Business and Technology
to open in 2004.
State Hayward already has established itself as one of the
when it comes to educational technologies,” said
Norma S. Rees. “This center will continue our leadership
field by serving as a magnet for international
is a project with enormous academic benefits,” Rees added.
create a steady stream of new opportunities for academic
and business partnerships. For example, by locating
switching center on campus our faculty, students and staff
direct fiber optic connectivity to Internet 2, the next
project had been given conceptual approval by the CSU
trustees last November,
but Wednesday’s action cleared the way for
according to John Charles, CSUH director of
on an aggressive timeline, but we think construction on
Phase One could
begin this fall,” Charles said.
15,000 square feet of the project will support Internet
Cal State Hayward, other universities, and K-12
information about the partnership project is available