Network World Announces Kent State University As The 16th Excellence Award Winner

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA — NOVEMBER 13, 2000 — Kent State University earned Network World’s top honor in this year’s User Excellence Award competition for the magnitude of its network overhaul and financing smarts. Each year, Network World honors user organizations that best demonstrate the use of network technology to further business objectives. Runners-up in the competition were the following: the Port Authority of Allegheny County, Nationwide Insurance, and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

A series of articles focusing on the network strategies and the accomplishments of this year’s honorees appears in this week’s (Nov. 13) issue of Network World. Detailed write-ups can also be found on the Best Issue minisite at Network World Fusion ( The four organizations will accept their awards at ComNet 2000 in Washington, D.C., this coming January.

“The User Excellence Awards represent innovative thinking about how the use of network technology can effectively support the strategic business objectives of an organization,” said Beth Schultz, Executive Editor of Network World’s Signature Series. “Kent State demonstrated how network technology can be powerfully applied to organizational objectives and for that, it earned itself the top honor in the Network World 2000 User Excellence Award competition.”

Kent State built an ATM network that supports converged voice, data, and video applications for more than 30,000 students on the university’s eight campuses in northeast Ohio. In addition, the network has positioned Kent State to serve myriad new constituents, such as high school students participating in a program through which they can earn college credits at the state’s expense. Kent State will be able to deliver long distance-learning courses to the students over the network. The network also lets the university compete for technology-related state and federal grant to cover operating costs. Kent State built this $23 million network purely on savings from traditional telephone bills. Voice calls now run over the new ATM net, giving Kent State features such as private voice mail, including a voice mail box for each student who lives on campus, simplified dialing plans and least-cost routing.

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