Schools in the Bay future-proofed with faster broadband

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Just in time for Term One, Bay of Plenty’s schools are all able to connect to faster, more reliable broadband says Todd Muller.

“In 2010, the Government set a target of getting all state and integrated schools access to better broadband speeds by 2016. We’ve done this, on time and on budget,” Todd said.

“Students, teachers, and parents in the Bay will all benefit from this. It makes for reduced course material costs, better access to remote learning, and more collaboration between parents and teachers.

“30 schools in our electorate and wider area can now connect to the faster broadband.”

Under the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) and Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) programmes, more than 2500 schools have had fibre laid to the gates, reaching around 782,000 students.

Now, 99.7 per cent of Kiwi students at state and integrated schools are able to connect to UFB directly, with the remainder still able to access fast broadband via point-to-point wireless or satellite technology.

“The Internet is disrupting businesses and organisations around the world, it opens up for everyone with a thirst for knowledge a world at their fingertips, it's just so important our kids can be globally connected as they learn. This will allow them to compete with students across New Zealand and the globe,” Todd Muller said

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