Posted by Media Release - Scott Simpson on 08/03/2012
Scott Simpson, National MP for Coromandel, welcomes news this week that students from around the Coromandel electorate will have access to ultra-fast broadband by July next year.
â€œIâ€™m delighted schools will have access to ultra-fast broadband, and all the services it brings, by the middle of next year,â€ he says.
â€œUltra-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.
â€œFaster internet will help connect our schools with the world and prepare students for living and working in the 21st century. The schools that will benefit in the electorate are:
â€œNational is spending $1.65 billion on its ultra-fast broadband initiative and rural broadband initiative (RBI). We have announced a further 693 schools to be connected to the ultra-fast broadband network. By July next year, more than 410,000 students at over 1500 schools around the country will be connected under both initiatives. Our commitment means no school will miss out once the roll-out is complete.
â€œNationalâ€™s investment into the RBI is $300 million. The aim of the rural broadband initiative is to help rural communities, schools, and health services as well as rural businesses.
â€œThe RBI will see 25 schools in the Coromandel electorate connected to faster broadband. It also means that rural businesses will be able to showcase their products to markets, access support websites, do their banking online and get business updates. They will be able use the technology for environmental monitoring such as effluent and water control as well as to access urban services such as shopping. Our farms will have improved voice services too.
â€œUltra-fast broadband is a vital part of Nationalâ€™s plan to build a more competitive and productive economy â€“ one of Nationalâ€™s four key priorities for our second term.
By the end of 2015, 97.7 per cent of schools and 99.9 per cent of students will receive ultra-fast fibre enabling speeds of 100 Mbps.
The remaining schools, which are in the most remote locations, will receive a high-speed wireless or satellite connection.
Media contact: Scott Simpson MP â€“ 021 880 331