I know there are a couple of threads roughly on this topic already, but they are years old (people going 'OOOOOH!' over 7Mbps...)
Our local primary school has just received the latest contract from the county's usual school 'Grid' provider. The service they provide is up to a theoretical 50Mbps speed and the rest of the service is essentially safety filters which are, of course, vitally important. That's all good and well, but the cost of this is just shy of £3k per annum. And they insist we're tied in for 3 years...
Now, I know we can get our own fibre connection and have it running for about £35 per month with perhaps around £750 initial setup costs, so that would represent a massive saving each year, money that we seriously could do with using elsewhere. We also have a very knowledgeable parent who could set most of this up for us, and he's talking about setting up our own filters using 'black' and 'white'-listed websites, and further filtering of words and content too if required.
I'm here looking hopefully for people's experience in this field - does anyone know of any primary schools that have taken this DIYing route? Any pointers from anyone?