How do you explain the price difference between DSL and a dedicated T1 connection
I'm trying to explain the difference of a simple aDSL connection vs. a dedicated bonded T1 (E1 in the UK?) connection to administration. They don't understand why a 3Mb down 768Kb up connection that costs less than a $100 a month but a 4.5Mb bonded T1 connection costs nearly $1400 - $1800 a month.
I try to make it practical to them as with a T1 we will have symmetrical outbound speeds so email attachments and remote connections to the school network will be faster. I also explain that we will have a SLA with support and we won't have as much connectivity issues as we do with our current DSL line. The general speed for the school will also improve as there won't be a huge slow down when multiple laptop carts are checked out.
I think they understand that it's better but they're skeptical because of the price difference. Why such a huge price difference is essentially what they're asking and I explain to them the difference of a dedicated T1 line but I guess I'm not being clear enough. I show them quotes and say this is industry standard pricing.
I have looked into alternatives such as cable or metro ethernet and the like but our location is not great. We have no existing cable line to our school or even to the servers. Fiber is astronomically expensive and from what I understand after talking to multiple vendors T1s are our best bet for the kind of speed we're looking for.