We did pricing analysis with VOIP hosted such as Sovernet - and even with Erate discounting, the cost after 10 years was substantively higher.  10 years is a good comparison point as it is the lifespan of an installed pbx (but most schools wait until 15 years).  An installed solution is paid off after the financing period, then just maintenance.  Plus you don't need internet redundancy, which you would want if you had a hosted pbx.(I would consider this essential for emergency purposes - copper does not provide the E911 compliance in emergency outage of Internet).  Reliability is a key factor with an on-premise solution.

Plus installed is more flexible .  You could do digital or analog to classrooms and still be E-911 compliant with an installed solution.  It does not have to be ALL IP. but with Hosted - you need wired Cat5E or 6 to all locations - big wiring bucks and switching is no small component.


On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 2:25 PM, David Martin <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Good Afternoon,

Our local police department is doing tests to see if all our schools are E911 compliant. Schools not in compliance will need to be.

Many solutions we have explored will increase our phone cost by nearly triple what it currently is, not including the cost of running cable as needed. 

What/who are other districts using for phone services(VoIP) to be E911 compliant? 


David Martin

Network Administrator O.S.S.U.

157 Daniels Road

Hardwick VT 05843

Office 802.472.6531 Ext 24

Cell 802.595.2733

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