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Birmingham Grid for Learning (BGfL) Thread, Dear Link2ICT, we need to talk........(NM meeting) in Regional Broadband Consortiums (RBC); Originally Posted by Michael Not far from the Chester Road then. Is there parking here? Yes, free too....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Not far from the Chester Road then. Is there parking here?
    Yes, free too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Not far from the Chester Road then. Is there parking here?
    Here you go:

    Conference Facilities Available
    PA equipment available for hire.
    Full catering service available for breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Conference Assistant on hand throughout the day.
    Free Car Parking.
    Hearing Loop available on request.
    Stunning pavilion terrace
    Free Wi-Fi

    - - - Updated - - -

    Ooh errr

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    Right bring it on....! :-)

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    Not far from Villa Park

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    Free Wi-Fi - Providing the firewall doesn't crash!

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPstv View Post
    Here you go:

    Conference Facilities Available
    PA equipment available for hire.
    Full catering service available for breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Conference Assistant on hand throughout the day.
    Free Car Parking.
    Hearing Loop available on request.
    Stunning pavilion terrace
    Free Wi-Fi

    - - - Updated - - -

    Ooh errr

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    CHR1S (10th April 2014), DocHouse (10th April 2014), stevenlong1985 (6th May 2014)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Free Wi-Fi - Providing the firewall doesn't crash!
    Oi that's a bit cheeky fella..

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    Attachment of info and booking form...
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    Maybe - but it was only yesterday 10.04.2014 a large number of schools were still experiencing problems. The firewall was installed December 2013.

    It's not really surprising why people (quite rightly) are becoming very agitated with Link2ICT. The lease line offers us a high uptime of 99.9%, however BGfL as the service provider are currently less than satisfactory. The communication is poor and no one unfortunately can explain what's happening, other than they're communicating with CheckPoint. That's great, but it doesn't help schools in the short term, typically taking weeks to investigate the logs it generates.

    I'm just very conscious of the fact that the event will be used to promote 'what's coming down the line', rather than focusing on what lessons could be learnt from the past to the current day.

    You also need to consider the bigger picture - every school's different and every school's got different requirements. That's the way it should be, yet it's still one big system at the core managing it all. It doesn't necessarily make logical sense to do things this way any more and many schools (again in their own right), want full ownership and control, yet Link2ICT don't necessarily (out of choice) want to offer it. A conflict of interest on the cards? Yes potentially, but this is why Link2ICT should give schools that choice.

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    I know I am not from Birmingham and so should not be sticking my nose in, but I have a suggestion. Why don't Link2ICT set up a public open blog that they can explain issues and downtimes on. Down here in Hertfordshire, our LEA has a blg which they have thoroughly updated, despite recent performance issues. The blog is at HICS | Hertfordshire Internet & Connectivity Services: Technical knowledge base
    I am sure the LEA team would not mind this being used as an example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawc View Post
    I know I am not from Birmingham and so should not be sticking my nose in, but I have a suggestion. Why don't Link2ICT set up a public open blog that they can explain issues and downtimes on. Down here in Hertfordshire, our LEA has a blg which they have thoroughly updated, despite recent performance issues. The blog is at HICS | Hertfordshire Internet & Connectivity Services: Technical knowledge base
    I am sure the LEA team would not mind this being used as an example.
    Fantastic suggestion, but I'm speculating this wouldn't work if the whole system goes down? This is essentially what's been happening in Birmingham.

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    Thus could be used as a public record of service. Seeing as it is taxpayers money, then people deserve to know what service is being gotten for their money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawc View Post
    Thus could be used as a public record of service. Seeing as it is taxpayers money, then people deserve to know what service is being gotten for their money.
    Even if it's not run by Link2ICT, something like a shared calendar would allow you all to keep an accurate diary of events/outages.

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    Looking forward to tomorrow !

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy_b View Post
    Looking forward to tomorrow !
    Same here although only having a 3 day working week has me chasing my own tail today. ICT exams start Thursday morning, oh joy!

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    Ready, looking forward to it...



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