For many, school broadband renewals are appearing on the horizon. With the recent increased focus on eSafety, there is now much more to think about than just cost and convenience when deciding which provider to go with.
There are a few key questions relating to online safety that are often overlooked when looking at broadband provision:
- Does your broadband infrastructure allow for effective online tracking and reporting? A common pitfall when renewing broadband, it is crucial that this question is asked to ensure the right framework is in place to enable technical implementation of eSafety measures
- What control do you have over local whitelisting? This is important if you want to make sure that any customisation can be transferred should your provider change in the future
- Can your provider effectively block all websites? Many websites, such as Google, now use encryption technology normally used for securing online payments and transactions, which can bypass your filtering.
The above will be essential in determining what preventative measurements your school is able to put in place for enhanced online safety. Once you’re confident that the right framework is in place, do make sure you’re also considering the following:
- Fibre connectivity for a speedy connection
- Are any fees incurred if additional changes are requested?
- Multiple lines of supply and service level agreements to guarantee reliability
- Your tie-in period. Make sure you know exactly how long you’re committed for!