Dáil Éireann - Volume 623 - 04 July, 2006
Written Answers. - Telecommunications Services.
Mr. Kenny Mr. Kenny
Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Education and Science the name and location of each primary and secondary school in County Mayo that currently has broadband provided; the name and location of each school, primary and second level in County Mayo that does not have broadband access; the reason this has happened; the action she proposes to take regarding same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26119/06]
Ms Hanafin Ms Hanafin
Ms Hanafin:As the Deputy will be aware, my Department is currently engaged in the roll-out of broadband internet connectivity to all recognised primary and post-primary schools. This pro ject is being undertaken in partnership with industry, following the establishment of a three year €18m joint Government — IBEC / TIF (Telecommunications and Internet Federation) Fund. Following a competitive public procurement process, contracts were finalised with a number of service providers for the provision of local broadband access to 3,925 schools, of which 208 schools are in Co. Mayo. The broadband connectivity of a further 75 schools, including 2 in Co. Mayo, was advanced separately under two pilot projects.
As you will see from the details in the attached spreadsheet, 203 of the 210 schools in Co. Mayo have had their broadband service installed, either under the contractual arrangements or under the advance deployment project. Of the remaining 7 schools (details supplied in attached table), two schools have been removed from the project as one school is closing and a further school has amalgamated with another school. Installation has been deferred in another school pending the completion of a building project and the installation in the remaining four schools is being progressed.
Dáil Éireann 623 Written Answers. Telecommunications Services.