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15.01.13

£39m broadband boost for Welsh schools

Welsh schools are to receive £39m in Government funding to improve broadband connections and boost teaching and learning. 

Councils will receive £27m of capital funding to upgrade internet connections, First Minister Carwyn Jones announced. 

Primary and special schools will receive £10,000 to buy better hardware and achieve minimum speeds of 10Mbps by 2014. Secondary schools will receive £20,000 to secure speeds of 100Mbps. 

Torfaen and Monmouthshire will not be included in the initial grants, due to previous funding for broadband. 

Jones said: “If you were far away from a railway you were economically isolated, so broadband is exceptionally important for Wales. We want Wales to be a world leader in digital learning, therefore we need to be able to offer our schools fast, consistent and reliable broadband services 

“This investment will ensure that, by 2014, primary and secondary schools in Wales will have access to safe and secure world-class broadband services needed to deliver a world-class digital education.” 

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