Final phase of broadband in schools project

Every secondary school to have access to 100Mbp/s broadband by next school year, Ministers say

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte: “Completing the final phase of the national programme will mean all our post-primary schools have been equipped with top class, future-proofed broadband.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte: “Completing the final phase of the national programme will mean all our post-primary schools have been equipped with top class, future-proofed broadband.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tue, Jan 7, 2014, 01:00

Every second-level school in Ireland will have access to high-speed broadband by the beginning of the next school year, the Government has said.

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte and Minister for Education Ruairí­Quinn announced that every secondary school will have access to 100Mbp/s connectivity by the beginning of the next school year, as they launched the final stage of the national project.

With high-speed broadband already installed in 516 schools through the project, yesterday’s announcement detailed a further 270 to be connected in counties Carlow, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow.

“Completing the final phase of the national programme will mean all our post-primary schools have been equipped with top class, future-proofed broadband,” said Mr Rabbitte.

“This will enable and motivate them to grasp the teaching and learning opportunities that the internet provides.”

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