Press Release - Dr Jackie Blue MP

By: Jackie Blue  06-Dec-2011

Press Release - Dr Jackie Blue MP

Dr Jackie Blue, National List MP based in Mt Roskill, welcomes news that 34000 students from Auckland schools will have access to ultra-fast broadband by July next year.

“I’m delighted schools in Mt Roskill, including Glenavon School will have access to ultra-fast broadband, and all the services it brings, by the middle of next year,” she says.

“Ultra-fast broadband is an exciting tool for the future of education. Schools will be able to share scarce resources like physics and IT teachers, and students will be able to take part in virtual classrooms and courses that might not be available at their own schools.

“The opportunities for learning are enormous. Access to fast internet will help connect Auckland schools with the world and prepare students for living and working in the 21st century.

“National is spending $1.3 billion on ultra-fast broadband. By July next year, nearly 100,000 students at 221 schools around the country will be connected. Our commitment means no school will miss out once the roll-out is complete.

“Broadband is a key part of National’s plan to build a stronger economy, lift wages, and provide the world-class health and education services families need.

“National is delivering on its promise to bring ultra-fast broadband to 75 per cent of New Zealanders where they live, work, and study.”

Over the next five years, 97 per cent of New Zealand schools will receive ultra-fast fibre enabling speeds of 100 Mbps.

The remaining 3 per cent of schools, which are in the most remote locations, will receive a high-speed wireless or satellite connection.

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

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