Saturday, May 14, 2011

DfE funds schools sector Internet access via JANET

News that the Department for Education has agreed to continue to fund schools sector access to the JANET network for 2011/12 somehow passed me by when it was announced a couple of weeks ago.  This is a great example of how procuring something at scale offers fantastic value and quality.  Schools who use an Internet Service Provider that makes use of JANET for the Internet "transit" (route to the Internet) benefit through reduced Internet costs as a result of JANET's buying power and technical expertise.  This means most schools that use their local authority or Regional Broadband Consortium for their Internet connection.