EMBC - whether to move away or not?
I'm trying to generate a healthy discussion about broadband suppliers for EMBC area, with a view of helping schools to make an informed decision about whether to stay with EMBC or not. This is not with the view of EMBC "bashing", but rather to see what is best for any of us, should we decide to move.
We are are a Derbyshire School. Our Head has asked me to check out the alternatives to EMBC to see whether there was any pricing / reliability benefits in staying / moving away.
Admittedly, pricing appears to be in a state of flux at the moment, with no real clear details. The caveat is how many schools stay with the LEA / EMBC will affect the pricing for good or bad.
We have had, like a number of schools, had a flyer from RM and the pricing for us would be £10,000 p.a. over a 3 year contract - not bad on face value. The Head and myself are not very keen RM fans though - through different experiences! However, it appears that they use Virgin (who made an abysmal showing at the Pride Park Derbyshire EMBC meeting last month). However, it still could be good, though I wouldn't be keen on their email / filtering options.
But then there is the thought about staying with the EMBC consortium so as to support lesser financially capable schools i.e. primaries.
At the end of the day, we need to make the best use of the money (not necesarily the cheapest for cheap sake - but then not too expensive) we have to utilize a reliable service and what's best for the school.
So, folks, what do you think...