Kelly welcomes increased broadband speeds for Tipperary school

Junior Minister Alan Kelly

Junior Minister Alan Kelly

Minister for Public Transport and Commuter Affairs Alan Kelly has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, and the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, that every second level school in Ireland will have access to 100Mbp/s connectivity by the beginning of the 2014/2015 school year.

The ministers made this statement as they launched the final stage of the national roll-out of the 100Mbp/s broadband connectivity to all second-level schools. With high speed broadband already installed in 516 schools through the project, today’s announcement details a further 270 schools to be connected across nine counties - Carlow, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow - throughout 2014.

The Government made a commitment in the Programme for Government to incorporate ICT in teaching and learning across the curriculum and this investment in connectivity is a cornerstone in making that a reality.

Minister Kelly said “that he is delighted that by the start of the 2014/2015 school year every second level school in Tipperary will have access to high speed internet”.

Minister Kelly added: “Since the rollout began, we have seen that the educational experience is enriched, engagement is better and that autonomous learning and enquiry is facilitated through the innovative use of technology.”


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