Access to the UB Regional Fiber Network
This policy provides guidance and specifies the criteria for
access to the UB-owned Regional Fiber Network (RFN).
The University at Buffalo (UB, university) provides UB-owned
fiber optic cable plant access as a way to deepen the
university’s impact and outreach in the regional community
and strengthen programs and partnerships that contribute to the
economic vitality of Western New York. Access to the fiber optic
cable plant, known as the UB Regional Fiber Network (RFN), is
available through RFN partnerships.
RFN partnership is encouraged for qualifying prospective partner
institutions. Organizations that meet the following criteria are
eligible to become RFN partners:
||Criteria for RFN Partnership
∙ All public entities are eligible for RFN partnership
|Private non-for-profit and private educational entities
||∙ Must have an affiliation with the university
∙ Access is permitted for the duration of the affiliation
|Private affiliated entity
||∙ Must have a functional relationship with the university
∙ Access is permitted for the duration of the relationship
|Private business doing joint research with the university
||∙ Must have a formal joint research effort established with the university
∙ Access is permitted for the duration of the grant
|Private business located on UB or UB Foundation property
||∙ May be provided access when determined desirable to minimize
the construction and management of duplicate physical
communications infrastructures in university space
∙ Determined by a university office
Public entities, especially New York State (NYS) funded
entities, are encouraged to become an RFN partner for cost sharing
and maximization of benefit. NYS departments and institutions can
leverage shared assets to minimize collective expenditures.
Non-State public organizations such as county, city, and town
governments provide access to regional right-of-way and benefit
their citizens through participation in the partnership.
Private Not-for-profit and Private Educational Entity
Private not-for-profit and private educational entities that
have an affiliation with the university may participate as an RFN
partner for the duration of the affiliation. These organizations
benefit from working with UB and fit well within the
university’s mission of community outreach.
Private Affiliated Entity
Private entities that are affiliated with the university may
become an RFN partner for the length of the affiliation
relationship, as determined by the appropriate dean or vice
Private Business Doing Joint Research with the University
Private businesses doing joint research with the university may
participate as RFN partners as long as there is a formal joint
research effort underway, as named in a sponsored research project
jointly held with the university. The term of this partnership will
expire at the conclusion of the project term. Affiliation
relationships for joint research partners must be approved by the
Vice President for Research and Economic Development and will be
limited to only those devices required to satisfy the needs of the
Private Business Located on UB or UB Foundation Property
Private businesses located on UB or UB Foundation property may
participate as an RFN partner when the university desires to
minimize the construction and management of duplicate physical
communications infrastructures in university space. (See the
Information Technology Services in UB Owned, Controlled and
Managed Space Policy.)
The university constructed a private fiber optic cable plant
that was designed to meet its own needs for communications
transport in the region. In constructing this infrastructure, UB
partnered with other government, educational, and public benefit
organizations that had similar interests or were willing to provide
right-of-way. By sharing the costs of construction, savings were
achieved for both the university and our partners.
The cost of new construction for additions to the cable plant
network has been funded by the organizations desiring access; the
organizations also pay a pro-rated fee for access to existing
assets. This approach has allowed the university to extend the
existing infrastructure and grow the footprint for the benefit of
future adjacencies. The resultant Regional Fiber Network (RFN) is
managed by the university and maintained through pro-rated
maintenance fees that are charged in proportion to use by each RFN
The financial relationships between the university and our RFN
partners are governed by licenses or, in the case of public
entities, Memoranda of Understanding (MOU).
Vice President and Chief Information Officer (VPCIO)
- Build, maintain, operate, and promote the UB RFN.
- Ensure isolation of network traffic from other UB Information
Technology (IT) Services.
- Negotiate with current and potential RFN partners.
- Codify negotiations between UB and the RFN partner in a license
or, where applicable, Memorandum of Understanding signed by the
VPCIO and administrative head of the RFN partner.
Vice President for Research and Economic Development (VPRED)
- Approve affiliation relationship for joint research partners.
Vice Presidents and Deans
- Approve private entity affiliation relationships.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
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Buffalo, NY 14260