Content Filtering RFQ

While we all have had most of our focus on remote learning, we must maintain priority for our consortium initiatives.  This is particularly apparent when it comes to content filtering.  As most of you are aware, we are in the third year of a three-year agreement with Securly.  Securly has certainly had it issues over that time period and so we all must do our due diligence to search for the content filter to meet the needs of the consortium.  Earlier in October, we refreshed the RFQ document we originally sent out in 2017 for content filtering.  This was published on our Technology Advisory Committee drive for additional feedback and we are getting ready to send that out to multiple vendors for a response.  Please keep an eye out for communications in regards future meetings and reviews of those products.  Your participation will be invaluable in this process.  At the end of the day you are the consumers and this decision should be driven by your needs.


Additional Bandwidth for the current year

One of the common questions I have been getting over the past month is regarding bandwidth.  There was some flexibility form the SLD to add additional bandwidth as a response to the pandemic, and I have been asked if schools should increase bandwidth just to be safe.  The answer is, you do not need to file for any additional bandwidth.  This is a year of uncertainty and we do not want customers randomly increasing bandwidth to prepare for the unknown.  NEOnet has always and will always support our customers, especially in a time of need.  With the recent increase in the capability of our network, it is our standpoint to provide as much bandwidth as our customers’ needs at no extra charge for this year.  That means you do not have to file any additional paperwork to get the bandwidth you need for this current year ending June of 2021.


NEOnet Alerts

For those of you who are new to NEOnet, when we have any type of service affecting outage on a large scale, we will use Alert Now to send out notifications just like schools do in emergency situations.  Those alerts are optional and require you to self-subscribe.  The site you use to sign up for NEOnet alerts can be found here.  You can also find a PDF of those instructions here on our portal page.

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