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    Virgin's Big Red internet

    Anyone using Virgins 'Big Red' internet provision for their ISP? 100Mbps both ways with no contention looks like a good deal for a schools ISP.

    We're thinking about changing over so I'd be interested in anyones opinion if they're using this or know some school/business that is.

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    Oh my god, i've just seen the prices for this.
    Effectively what the LEA are reselling at twice the price!

    Swines

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    Anyone have a link? I don't want to Google "big red virgin's" in school...

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    That made i lol....

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    Anyone have a link? I don't want to Google "big red virgin's" in school...
    Virgin unveils 'disruptive' Big Red Internet deal - IT News from V3.co.uk

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    shame i'm not in a virgin area! although i've just emailed the to see what they do provide around here (although i'm 99% sure its nout!)

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    It does look like a very tempting deal! Especially the 100mbps with no contention! I think we have 100mbps but shared with god knows how many other users!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheridan View Post
    It does look like a very tempting deal! Especially the 100mbps with no contention! I think we have 100mbps but shared with god knows how many other users!
    I currently have a 10mb connection to LEA who then have a larger connection with 260mb designated to schools in our area but from the usage graphs its pretty much maxed out through out the school day!

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    I'm pretty sure our LEA has a 1gb link - but we're linked via 100mbps and of course sharing with lots of other schools. 100mbps all to yourself would certainly be a comparable service, and cheaper as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saundersmatt View Post
    Oh my god, i've just seen the prices for this.
    Effectively what the LEA are reselling at twice the price!

    Swines
    The bill you see in school from the LEA for the connection is not the true cost. LEA's up to now have been top slicing things like Harnessing Technology Grant to fiddle the price schools appear to pay. Now some of these grants are going, you may well find the LEA price escallating over the next couple of years.

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    Oooh a 1Gbit/s for 22k, *drools*
    Bet our lot would still have that running at max capacity.

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    Damn my 3yr contract... and do rude things to it with an angle-poised lamp!

    I could get 1gb for the same dosh... meh.

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    London schools are going to get something similar as the LGfL has allegedly booted out Synetrix and signed up Virgin as their provider. By all accounts the price is similar but then you get all the LGfL stuff thrown in as well (e.g. out-of-date software packages, clumsy web filtering, incomprehensible interfaces, etc).

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    shame i'm not in a virgin area! although i've just emailed the to see what they do provide around here (although i'm 99% sure its nout!)
    Their pricing for other services is still good.

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    I've just contacted them to get a quote, so we'll see how they compare, say, to Opal and BT.

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