Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Questions (88)

Dominic Hannigan


88. Deputy Dominic Hannigan asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a school (details supplied) may expect to have broadband installed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42690/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Under the Schools Broadband Access Programme the Department provides for the supply of internet connectivity for all recognised primary schools. All contracts under the Schools Broadband Access Programme were re-tendered last year under a public procurement competition. As a result of this the number of service providers has been expanded from 6 to 13 with the aim of ensuring that satisfactory solutions would be awarded to schools.

Oristown National School was re-tendered for in a mini-competition in August this year to see if a solution was available after their previous connection broke down. The contract for this school has been awarded to RippleCom and the necessary installation arrangements are currently in train. Contact is being made with the school by the provider.