Schools in Marlborough future-proofed with faster broadband
Just in time for Term One, Marlborough’s schools are all able to connect to faster, more reliable broadband says local MP Stuart Smith.
“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,” Mr Smith said.
“Students, teachers, and parents in Marlborough will all benefit from this. It makes for reduced course material costs, better access to remote learning, and more collaboration between parents and teachers.
“26 schools in Marlborough can now connect.”
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 now able to connect to UFB directly, with the remainder still able to access fast broadband via point-to-point wireless or satellite technology.
“I’m pleased that Marlborough’s schools will be among the most connected in the world, and will compete with students across New Zealand and the globe,” Mr Smith said.