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After inquiring about joining eduroam (US), I was a little more than shocked to discover that this is now a paid service offered by Internet2. As we are not I2 members, the yearly costs would be about $1500/year for our institution. I am wondering what other people think about this, especially non-I2 members. Is this service worth that much per year? I am also concerned that these costs will slow or halt adoption of eduroam at smaller non-I2 schools, thereby limiting the benefits of the service.

 

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Jason Schmidt

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UW-Whitewater

 

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As far as I know, the cost is to cover the RADIUS proxy servers that are needed for eduroam to operate.

 
Tim Cappalli, Network Engineer
LTS | Brandeis University
x67149 | (617) 701-7149
cappalli@brandeis.edu


Jason,

When I first started eduroam in the US, I did that on my "spare" time while working at University of Tennessee and while 
supporting our growing Wi-Fi network. Mike (2004-2006), Dave (2007-2010), and Chad (2010-now) were my eduroam acolytes over the years.
I couldn't have done it without them.

When the success of eduroam started picking up our group at University of Tennessee realized that it was not sustainable and Internet2 stepped in.

With the help of the National Science Foundation, Internet2 is now representing the service and Chad and myself are doing operations and some R&D
when time permits. With the current growth we will need a third person next month!

The NSF grant is now ending and Internet2 will subsidize its members. Non-members will be charged a fee to support the service in the US.

We certainly hope that these costs will not slow the adoption of the service since it is having such a great momentum .
We are also revisiting the cost model to consider small schools that are now joining the service.

Thank you,

Philippe


Philippe Hanset




Jason, thanks for the posting, that was the first we’d heard of eduroam going to fee based service, we’ve been using it for a year or so and it’s been very helpful, but I’m not sure it’s going to be worth $2500 a year to have it.

 

Internet2 will be collecting the fees for non-members and turn the majority to us (we have formed 

a company to manage the growth of the service called ANYROAM LLC)

 

http://www.internet2.edu/netplus/eduroam/pricing.html

 

 

 

 

 

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