Trustees Approve Plans for Internet Switching Center at Cal State Hayward

February 5, 2001


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

State Hayward

and Geographic Network Affiliates International for a

“carrier hotel”

project on campus. The first phase of construction begins

this fall. 


initial phase calls for development of a

180,000-square-foot structure

to house network equipment and servers belonging to

several telecommunications

carrier companies. Multiple carrier companies lease


within the same carrier hotel so they can easily

interconnect networks.

A second phase would add a 200,000-square-foot building

on which

construction could begin by the end of this year.


of telecommunications carrier companies are Sprint, Cable

and Wireless,

AT&T, Pacific Bell and MCI.


center would be located on six acres at the south end of the

campus on

undeveloped land in a valley near the university’s Pioneer

Heights residence



the plan approved by the trustees, GEO would build the

two buildings

and lease them from Cal State Hayward for a minimum

rental rate

or 25 percent of the net, whichever is greater. When the

project is

complete, the university could earn revenues ranging from $1

million to

$2 million a year. These funds could be used for academic

programs and

support of projects such as a Business and Technology

Center, expected

to open in 2004.


State Hayward already has established itself as one of the

premiere institutions

when it comes to educational technologies,” said

university President

Norma S. Rees. “This center will continue our leadership

in this

field by serving as a magnet for international

telecommunications services



is a project with enormous academic benefits,” Rees added.

“It will

create a steady stream of new opportunities for academic

programs, research

and business partnerships. For example, by locating

an Internet

switching center on campus our faculty, students and staff

will have

direct fiber optic connectivity to Internet 2, the next

generation of

the Internet.”


project had been given conceptual approval by the CSU

trustees last November,

but Wednesday’s action cleared the way for

contractual arrangements,

according to John Charles, CSUH director of

information technology.


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

operations by

Cal State Hayward, other universities, and K-12



information about the partnership project is available