Denis Naughten has welcomed the completion this week, of the roll out of industrial strength broadband to every secondary school in the West of Ireland.
“As of today, the programme to roll out 100Mbps broadband to schools in the West, Midlands & Border Counties has been completed which will directly benefit every local secondary school pupil” claims Denis Naughten TD.
“The initiative developed through the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources prioritised counties located in regions which had the weakest broadband infrastructure and where State investment would have the greatest impact”.
“The decision to prioritise our local schools, is a welcome development and I’m now informed that this phase of the programme has been completed, making schools in counties like Roscommon, Leitrim, Galway, Westmeath, Longford and Mayo the most modern in the world, with high speed broadband networks”.
“The programme is continuing up to 2014 when over 450 secondary schools throughout Ireland will have 100Mbps broadband speeds, which is the equivalent of industrial strength broadband for every school in Ireland”.
“This infrastructure will not only deliver a 21st-century learning experience to pupils and ensure that they are prepared for the digital workforce of the future, but it will also encourage technology based companies to develop state of the art teaching tools for our schools”.
“It is now imperative that we improve the quality of broadband available in homes to ensure that the technology that is available in schools can also be accessed by pupils, in the evening and at weekends” concluded Denis Naughten