14 May 2012

Ministry seeks unlimited internet access for schools

10:31 am on 14 May 2012

The Ministry of Education is seeking to give schools unlimited access to the internet.

It is calling for proposals for an internet service provider that will give schools ultra-fast internet access, a help desk, firewalls and no limit on the amount of data they can download.

The Government expects what it calls the Network for Learning will improve education and cost between $300 million and $400 million over 10 years.

Internet experts say a group approach should give the schools ultra-fast broadband at a much cheaper price than individual schools could negotiate.

They say it could also improve internet deals for other people, especially by getting rid of data caps.