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General Chat Thread, Question for the Norfolk LEA Techs here in General; I did not think we actually paid for it. As someone posted on here earlier or on another post we ...
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    I did not think we actually paid for it. As someone posted on here earlier or on another post we get the £27K paid into the school then taken straight out again.

    Again, I might have the pooey end of the stick here...... but if we are paying for it as a school thats one hell of a lot of money per year. Plus they also want about £9K a year for this VLE they are "giving us".

    We'll see.

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    Twas me, we don't pay for it really we get given the money.

    However this money won't be coming forever and at some point I fully expect the schools to have to fund this out of their own pocket, for the poor service we wouldn't be forking out 27K.

    Just recently they have performed 2 lots of planned maintenance on the system on a monday at 3:00pm and the next monday at 3:30pm.

    After the first monday when we came in the next day something had been misconfigured and the connection was slowed to a crawl, this was fixed around lunch time.

    After the other period of maintenance we came in the next day to find that every site you tried to visit resulted in an access denied message from their filtering proxies.

    Terrible.

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    After the other period of maintenance we came in the next day to find that every site you tried to visit resulted in an access denied message from their filtering proxies.
    After the complaints started rolling in they got on it pretty quickly

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    Quote Originally Posted by m2d2 View Post
    £27K!!! Surely you mean £2700?

    You can't doing the equivalent of buying half and ICT suite just to get on the Internet each year?
    The cost of a leased line depends upon your location and Enfield, London is most likely well connected with fiber!

    We have a few schools in Norfolk who can't get traditional symmetrical broadband at all and we're looking at alternative connection technologies to meet the Government requirements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Twas me, we don't pay for it really we get given the money.

    However this money won't be coming forever and at some point I fully expect the schools to have to fund this out of their own pocket, for the poor service we wouldn't be forking out 27K.
    There is a commitment from the Govt to continue to fund RBC connections for some time. The way the money is allocated will be changing over the years and the funding for ICT in general may drop (YMMV when considering BSF and PFI) it is expected it will cover connectivity. Funding for ICT and sustainability is a whole different discussion though.

    The other problem with connectivity charges is the BT have put their prices up in a major way for most areas recently. Cost savings elsewhere are now lost.

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    Nice to see this issue made an appearance again on Wednesday =]

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