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NGN Communications Access Billing

Find out how UCSD's Next Generation Network (NGN) billing works.

A flat monthly charge is levied automatically for each campus employee who qualifies as a Communication User, as determined by the employee's payroll title code. (This charge replaced telephone line and computer network charges.)

A UCSD employee is considered a Communication User when other employees in the same title code generally use a telephone and/ or the UCSD data communications network as part of their daily work. A campus-wide committee evaluated every job title and determined whether the majority of its constituents did or did not qualify. Employing the "Communication User" category as a basis for charging is not meant to be a precise reflection of individual use, but rather a fair mechanism for aggregating and averaging communications charges over departments.

Rates have recently been revised for the 17/18 fiscal year. See approved rates in the chart below:

Communication User Groups 16/17 17/18
On-Campus $92 $94.30
Off-Campus $46 $47.15
Med Center $33 $33.83
Graduate Students $28 $28.70
Public Computer Labs $24 $24.60

Note: To check on the charging category for your location, see a summary list (Excel).

Charges to grants:

  • Faculty grants: Charges are assessed on the funds from which faculty salaries are paid, including grants, start-up funds, and other sources. The percentage of NGN charge assessed to any fund source, including a grant, will be the percentage of salary on that fund source.
  • Other academics and staff are charged as Communication Users at the percentage of their salary on the grant, up to 100%.
  • Grants are not charged for graduate students. NGN fees for graduate students are paid by the Vice Chancellor areas.

Monthly fees include:

  • Voice services: Basic voice service (digital or analog telephone line), customer service, feature packages for phones, line repairs, and technical support
  • Data services: Switched Ethernet data service, on- and off-campus network access, electronic mail services, DHCP service, line repairs, and technical support
  • Wiring: Fiber optic cables between buildings and category 5 (or better) cables inside buildings
  • Equipment: Upgrades for backbone and building network switches
  • Wireless: Wireless data network access in selected public areas and classrooms, and in new building upgraded projects
  • Local and domestic long distance calls (after July 1, 2006)

Monthly fees do not include:

  • Installations, moves, or changes for data and voice lines
  • Telephone and computer instruments
  • Voice mail
  • Experimental networks and exceptionally high bandwidth needs
  • Special-use rooms and computer labs