Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Questions (144)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

144. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 405 of 26 March 2019, the status of the matter raised. [20321/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The information requested by the Deputy in the previous PQ is being collated currently from the extensive dataset maintained by my Department to manage the Primary Broadband Programme, so as to be in a manageable and meaningful format. This will be forward to the Deputy shortly.

As per my previous reply, the policy of my Department is to offer the best quality connectivity to all schools in line with the technical solutions available in the market and financial constraints. Broadband capacity can vary due to geographical location and local infrastructure, and thus impact on the service that can be provided.

Through the Schools Broadband Access Programme my Department provides for the supply of internet connectivity for all recognised primary and post primary schools, and some 98% of schools are included in this scheme. All post-primary schools and some special schools are now included in the 100Mbps programme.