Government helps colleges to improve broadband capacity and speeds

The government has announced a new programme to drive improvements to broadband infrastructure at further education colleges.

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The government has announced a new programme to drive improvements to broadband infrastructure at further education colleges.

Skills minister Matthew Hancock said colleges will receive new funding to install second broadband connections, with help to make the most effective use of existing infrastructure, including bandwidth upgrades.

The government said 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.

Hancock said: "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."

Hancock said Jisc, the organisation that champions the use of digital technologies in education, will support colleges with help and advice on how to make best use of existing bandwidth.

The total value of the government investment has not been outlined.

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