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Why Connecting Schools is a Win-Win Strategy

By September of this year, HEAnet aim to have connected all of Ireland's post-primary schools (approx. 785 connections) with 100 Mbit/s symmetrical bandwidth. This is on foot of a three year programme over 2012-14. Prior to the advent of this programme, schools' access to such high-speed broadband levels was unimaginable for many and prohibitively costly for most. While this programme has necessitated significant Government investment in times of austerity, it can be seen as a strategic investment in education, digital society, and Ireland's future economic well-being generally. A key message from the HEAnet experience is that connecting schools to an NREN has mutual benefits for the NREN, third level institutions, schools themselves, and the economy.

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