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    Question Broadband Provider

    Hi All,

    I currently have the task of finding a broadband provider for our School as we are soon to be pulling out of the LEA. Just wondering what you are all using and whether its cost effective & Reliable? I already have the Firewall & Filtering sorted.

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    We will be doing this shortly too. at the moment our preferred option is virgin's 100mb uncontended offering withVaridion as our filtering provider using a palo alto filter.

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    We are only a Primary School so I need to keep the Costs low.. I have been debating over ADSL & Fiber. I know in this day and age we should be sticking with Fiber but the cost just seems a bit much for us!! I have been reading the posts CyberNerd posted for me. I am wondering whether 2 ADSL lines might be enough for us?! We have 300 Kids on role here.. Worst case there will be about 80 users at one time.. but I would say it would be about 40-50 average day to day.

    Any other views on where I could go or what I could try?

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    we went with BT, no complaints, they've been brilliant

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan41322 View Post
    We are only a Primary School so I need to keep the Costs low.. I have been debating over ADSL & Fiber. I know in this day and age we should be sticking with Fiber but the cost just seems a bit much for us!! I have been reading the posts CyberNerd posted for me. I am wondering whether 2 ADSL lines might be enough for us?! We have 300 Kids on role here.. Worst case there will be about 80 users at one time.. but I would say it would be about 40-50 average day to day.

    Any other views on where I could go or what I could try?

    Thanks
    See if you can get EFM (ethernet first mile) in your area. They are relatively cheap compared to fibre - around 4k for 10Mb/s

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    Work backwards from the educational needs down to the tech needed to deliver it. You said you have firewall and filter sorted ... presumably that is web filtering? What email requirements are there for staff and for students? How will it be filtered? Do you need web hosting? video Conferencing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    See if you can get EFM (ethernet first mile) in your area. They are relatively cheap compared to fibre - around 4k for 10Mb/s
    Do you know what kind of companies I could look at for that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan41322 View Post
    Do you know what kind of companies I could look at for that?
    Vaioni certainly do them:
    Leased Lines, EFM, Wide Area Networks and Managed Security

    I guess most ISP's could offer it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    Work backwards from the educational needs down to the tech needed to deliver it. You said you have firewall and filter sorted ... presumably that is web filtering? What email requirements are there for staff and for students? How will it be filtered? Do you need web hosting? video Conferencing?
    Firewall, WebFilter & VPN Sorted with a Sonicwall box. E-mail is being done with Google Apps. Web Hosting is also outsourced, no need for video conferencing.

    The only main bulk of it will be Internet Access and VPN access back to the School.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Vaioni certainly do them:
    Leased Lines, EFM, Wide Area Networks and Managed Security

    I guess most ISP's could offer it.
    Just dropped them a line now... They are gonna get something to me today.

    Thanks for your help man

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan41322 View Post
    Firewall, WebFilter & VPN Sorted with a Sonicwall box. E-mail is being done with Google Apps. Web Hosting is also outsourced, no need for video conferencing.

    The only main bulk of it will be Internet Access and VPN access back to the School.
    What are they going to be using the connection for? Are they only using Google for email? Any plans to make more use of Google Apps for Education? Is there a VLE? What are the schools plans on Parental engagement? How much work will be published / shared online? Are you in a rural area and might there be a need for community connections?

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    GlobalAXS are worth contacting too.

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    Just to chip in, Vaioni have worked well for us for the last year, no complaints about the provision or service at all

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    Been through same exercise myself.

    We have gone with Lancaster University Network Services LUNS

    Though I did get pricing from GlobalAXS, BT, Virgin, Eclipse and RM as well.

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