The news last week that Myross Bush school and Southland Girls’ High School are to get information and communications technology upgrades as part of the Government’s commitment to high speed broadband in schools is just the start for Southland.

The announcement of the allocation to the schools in the latest round of the $150 million boost for school network upgrades means the benefits of greater broadband capacity will be felt in other schools in Southland as further upgrades occur in the next few years.

Given that many children will spend much of their future working lives online, it is important schools have the capacity to prepare them for that.

The goal is to have 97% of all schools serving 99.7% of all students accessing ultra-fast broadband.  This will also benefit the wider population as the current infrastructure is upgraded.  It’s another winner for Southland.