Downstream Internet Connections
To the extent feasible, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (hereafter "Rensselaer") will allow qualifying organizations (hereafter "clients") to connect to Rensselaer's campus computer network for the purpose of gaining access to the Internet. This document defines the policy governing computer network connections between Rensselaer and other organizations.
- Rensselaer will permit Client to connect to its campus computer network for the purpose of obtaining access to the Internet.
- Rensselaer will assist Client in registering an appropriate domain name and obtaining network numbers for Client systems.
- Rensselaer will provide domain name service for Client.
- Rensselaer will make its Usenet News service available to Client. Rensselaer will block access to news groups the Client may deem inappropriate.
- Rensselaer may limit Client's choices for connection technology (e.g. DDS leased lines, ISDN, microwave), and Rensselaer may impose specific requirements for manufacturer and model of connection electronics (e.g., routers, CSU/DSU, NT1).
- To qualify for a connection to the Rensselaer campus network, Client must be a school system, library, museum, or similar organization serving the educational interests of the community. Client must be located in Rensselaer County.
- Client must be a member-in-good-standing of NYSERNet. Rensselaer will not provide network connections to any organization not in good standing with NYSERNet.
- Client must bear all expenses necessary to establish and maintain the connections to Rensselaer. This includes (but is not limited to) the cost for any leased telephone line, CSU/DSU devices, and a network router and software.
- Before Rensselaer will offer a network connection, Client must have in place a policy governing use of the network resource. At a minimum, the policy must define who may use the resource and what is considered acceptable usage. The policy must be consistent with all NYSERNet and Rensselaer requirements regarding the network connection. This Client's policy may be no less restrictive in defining acceptable usage than Rensselaer's own policies. Rensselaer reserves the right to review the policy and to make recommendations for improvement.
- Client must allow Rensselaer to access the router's SNMP variables, and Client must permit Rensselaer's network management systems to be the recipient of SNMP TRAP messages.
- Client must allow Rensselaer writable access to the router's configuration tables. Rensselaer will modify only that part of the router's configuration which controls the interface to the Rensselaer network.
- Client must not allow people other than its own staff, and student body in the case of a school system, to access the Internet using the network connection.