School Zone now has a wiki site with all the information you need about managing your School Zone connection:
At Learning@School they announced some upcoming changes to how School Zone services will be 'unbundled'. No news on the wiki site yet but the plan as described to me was to split the services into three separate areas and to change the pricing structures.
A new School Zone will see services split into Connectivity (including Video for VC), Security (Sina blocking & filtering) & Web Services (Email & My Desktop).
This is good news for schools who have balked at switching to SZ just to gain the VC connectivity.
Also promised was improved speeds by the upgrading of copper circuits & enabling of fibre. The bad news is that fibre connectivity still has a huge price tag attached to it approx. $1500 a month.
The promise of improved connectivity must be linked to the investment in infrastructure by the Government.
A local loop here in Taranaki would be great - we know the fibre is there - just the cost of tapping into it is huge - who will pay???