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Topic # 70663 28-Oct-2010 12:20 Send private message

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School fibre set-up costs to be met by Crown

Education Minister Anne Tolley and Communications and Information Technology Minister Steven Joyce have announced that the government is to cover the costs associated with providing the physical fibre from the street to school buildings, enabling schools to connect to the ultra-fast broadband network.

Previously, schools connecting to fibre have been required to contribute to this “fibre drop” cost, which in some cases has amounted to thousands of dollars.

“Government’s decision to cover these costs is an important step in ensuring equitable access to the benefits of ultra-fast broadband,” says Mrs Tolley.

“Schools that are already on ultra-fast broadband have tended to be larger urban schools that could afford to pay their share of the fibre drop cost.”

Steven Joyce says the move, which comes as part of the national rollout, levels the playing field.

“Some schools, particularly smaller schools in rural areas, may have a disproportionately high drop cost compared to the number of pupils and their funding – we want to make sure they aren’t disadvantaged.

“The Government wants New Zealand schools to be among the most connected in the world and this represents yet another milestone in achieving this.”

The government is committed to rolling out ultra-fast broadband to 97% of schools within six years – negotiations with partners are underway currently. The remaining 3% of schools will be covered by the Remote Schools Broadband Initiative and will receive faster broadband (10Mbps or more) via point to point wireless or satellite technology. More information on which schools will be included in this is expected to be available early in the New Year.





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  Reply # 398378 1-Nov-2010 09:39 Send private message

woooo!

but most of the schools i know of in Christchurch already have it.

well i dont think Mairehau did, they were on telstraclear cable last year.

Papanui definitely has it.

but small schools dont really need it, only 700+ students?

they block everything that could be possibly any better on fibre. (YouTube etc)













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  Reply # 398395 1-Nov-2010 10:10 Send private message

hamish225: woooo!

but most of the schools i know of in Christchurch already have it.

well i dont think Mairehau did, they were on telstraclear cable last year.

Papanui definitely has it.

but small schools dont really need it, only 700+ students?

they block everything that could be possibly any better on fibre. (YouTube etc)


According to Enable Networks, a subsidiary of Christchurch City Holdings, there are 35 connected schools in Christchurch with the intention of 60 by the end of this year?

They pay $195/mth for 1Gpbs plus ISP charges.

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  Reply # 398397 1-Nov-2010 10:17 Send private message

hamish225: woooo!

but most of the schools i know of in Christchurch already have it.

well i dont think Mairehau did, they were on telstraclear cable last year.

Papanui definitely has it.

but small schools dont really need it, only 700+ students?

they block everything that could be possibly any better on fibre. (YouTube etc)


Er...video conferencing....video learning with specialist teachers....small schools might be more needy in that regard.

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  Reply # 399044 2-Nov-2010 11:48 Send private message

One article on STUFF suggested the free install for schools is to prevent Telecom cherry-picking all the schools in competition with the CFH partners, thus putting pressure on Telecom to do deals with the fibre companies. I think a bigger problem is that small businesses and schools that might find a use for fibre would be put off by the cost of hosting anything in NZ data centres, and of paying ISPs for VLANs etc that shouldn't be necessary if they can do simple QoS for low priority traffic.




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