By Daniel Hunter
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock will today (Tuesday) announce a new programme to drive through improvements to broadband infrastructure and provision for further education colleges.
Colleges will receive new funding to install second broadband connections with help to make the most effective use of existing provision, including upgrades to bandwidth.
Speaking at the Association of Colleges (AoC) 2013 conference, Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: “Colleges that embrace the latest technologies can revolutionise the services they offer to students and business. This new funding to improve broadband infrastructure will provide colleges with greater resilience and improved broadband speed.
“As many as eight out of 10 colleges are relying on a single connection, for both their operational and teaching needs — including cloud-based applications and online business.
“It’s easy to imagine what happens if that connection goes down, that’s why I’m allocating extra funds to allow colleges to install a second broadband connection - giving them greater ability to operate and support their students with the latest technology 24/7.”
Following consultation with the AoC and Jisc - an organisation that champions the use of digital technologies in education, technology provision and capability has been identified as a top priority.
As many as eight in 10 colleges are relying on a single broadband connection and maybe unaware of the impact this could have if the connection fails. Under the programme colleges will also be supported with help and advice from Jisc on how to make best use of existing bandwidth.
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