FOI Request - Broadband in Schools

Request 101000268679

For each school –

1. The cost of supplying broadband to each school within the remit of the county council. Please state the school name with address, postcode, cost of internet circuit and where the circuit goes to. E.g. from school x to county hall network centre.

2. Any other costs to the council that form part of the school charging structure e.g cost of filtering and firewall security

3. Broadband provider e.g. Virgin Media/BT

4. connection type e.g. ADSL, FTTC, EFM

5. Bandwidth e.g. 100Mbps, 10Mbps

6. Average annual cost for connection type to each school. This should be concise and say exactly how each school’s annual cost is calculated. It should also show the cost of any ancillary services schools can purchase from the council. If the cost is calculated on a per pupil basis please include the full cost of that school for the year + the number of pupils at each school.

7. Contract renewal date

8. Notice period a school has to give to change to an alternative provider

9. A list of applications the council offers to each school that is currently only accessible via the schools current council supplied Internet connection/WAN connection. If there are any please state how the council aims to allow schools/Academies not on the county councils network access to these services.

10. The councils stance on alternative broadband providers to schools and the advice they send to schools regarding choosing an alternate provider

Response 06-08-2014

1.   The schools are part of the Council’s Wide Area Network which is delivered via a managed service.  As a result the Council does not pay separately for the supply to each school.  Information about the school names and addresses can be found here.

2.   N/A

3.   The managed service provider is Vodafone.

4.   Various e.g. fibre, radio, wireless

5.   The bandwidth varies from 8Mbps in a small primary school to 75Mbps in a large secondary school.

6.   N/A - The Wan costs are paid centrally

7.   The current WAN contract expires in March 2016.  Thereafter the Council has committed to using the Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN).

8.   N/A

9.   N/A

10. N/A

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