2nd/Backup Internet Connection
We have a CLEO 100Mbit filtered connection. As The Internet is becoming increasingly important in schools, almost to the point where our school see it as mission critical (at least for emails, not so much for teaching resources), where do we stand on getting a backup connection?
Ive read through some older posts here and it seems part of the T&Cs of CLEO are that we are not allowed a 2nd connection at all? Has this been changed since? Is it likely to change? If not, why not(reasoning below)?
Schools are now becoming ever more reliant on internet access and speaking to a contact of mine, who deals with a lot of schools (including building schools for the future), backup connections are becoming increasingly popular.
If the 2nd connection only allows access to particular sites, (lgfl email/school moodle/vle/sims learning gateway/hotmail/bbc etc) as there would be little/no filtering on this, would this be acceptable, or is it just a straight 'no' if your currently with CLEO?
Is the only way to end up with a backup connection to terminate our CLEO connection and look for 2 other providers (expensive!)?
Im aware the costs are massive for things like leased lines @ 100Mbit, but for the odd occasion CLEO does break, I think ADSL2+ would be sufficient, or perhaps a 10/20Mbit syncronous line.
If this 2nd connection is allowed, where would we stand for using this to access SMT-vetted whitelist sites while the primary link is still up, eg youtube.com which is blocked at county level via our primary connection?
I guess an alternative to this would be to host moodle/vle/slg/email internally - and hope your own switches/servers dont break :P. Not a route I would like to take as it puts a lot more strain on us as support staff!