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Key: National To Deliver Ultra-Fast Broadband To Schools

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Key: National To Deliver Ultra-Fast Broadband To Schools

A National-led Government will invest at least $150 million over the next three years to ensure schools can make the most of ultra-fast broadband, says National Party Leader John Key.

"This is where the future is", he said during a visit to Clover Park Middle School and the 'Computer Clubhouse' in Otara today.

"Clover Park is a computer-savvy school that makes the most of ultra-fast broadband. Pupils here are being equipped for tomorrow with 21st century skills and the use of cutting-edge information technology.

"Too many young New Zealanders are missing out on opportunities like these.

"I want all New Zealand schools to be able to provide amazing learning environments like these for their pupils. A National-led Government will back schools to make sure they can.

"I have previously announced National's commitment to investing up to $1.5 billion to accelerate the roll-out of ultra-fast broadband to 75% of New Zealanders. Schools will be a priority in that roll-out.

"I will make sure that when we run the fibre into schools they're ready to light the information and communication technologies match.

"That's why I'm announcing $150 million of investment to improve schools' internal broadband networks and make them 'fibre-ready'.

"The possibilities for new teaching and learning approaches using video-conferencing, virtual learning, and international information portals will change the face of education globally.

"I want New Zealand schools to be part of that change.

"National will also work with schools to purchase new computer desktops and cluster servers, and to ensure there is adequate technical support.

"The funding for this initiative will come from National's Infrastructure Building Plan, which allows for $8.6 billion of new capital for new infrastructure projects over the next six years.

"Unlike Labour, National has carefully budgeted to make sure we can deliver on our commitments."

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