The infrastructure that delivers the 100 Mbps broadband connection to post-primary schools is built on a platform that utilises local access service providers, national backhaul service providers and HEAnet’s national backbone infrastructure. The service provision is on a dedicated point to point basis i.e. from the school building to the service provider’s network and onward onto HEAnet’s network. As such, the extension of the service to homes and local businesses near the school is not technologically feasible nor is it permitted under the terms of the contracts with the service providers or HEAnet.
The Government is however, committed to the provision of high speed broadband to all citizens and businesses across Ireland through a combination of public and private sector investment, which is set out in its National Broadband Plan. The plan commits to at least 30 mpbs connectivity to all parts of Ireland, including Galway.