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September 2001

Release Date: September 19, 2001

TIF Grants Exceed $340,000 for ASU

Angelo State University has received two grants totaling more than $340,000 from the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (TIF) Board to expand the existing campus electronic infrastructure and to enhance the electronic access to resources through the ASU library.

The Information Technology Office received $189,520 from a Higher Education Technology Advancement grant and the Porter Henderson Library received $152,784 from the TIF Board.

Doug Fox, director of information technology, said the funds awarded to his office will be used to provide approximately 300 residence hall occupants high-speed network access to the Internet from their rooms in the Men's High Rise.

Library Director Dr. Maurice Fortin said the library's grant will be used to purchase additional hardware and software for the library's existing on-line system in order to improve electronic access for resources not currently available in the library and to enhance the circulation process and reference desk services.

Fox said the grant is part of an ongoing effort by the university to provide direct, high-speed access to the Internet from all residence hall rooms on campus.

Fortin said the grant also will allow the Porter Henderson Library to provide students with more and faster information access through more bandwidth and more points of access to the World Wide Web. The grant will also support the purchase of new hardware and software.

Since its creation by the Texas Legislature in 1995, TIF has awarded approximately $700 million in telecommunications grants to public education in Texas, including universities, school districts and libraries.

TIF receives more than $150 million a year in revenues from telecommunications assessments charged to the phone bills of consumers and businesses.