More than 1,000 rural schools now connected to a full fibre network

It's the UK government's goal to connect up a further 884 schools by the end of March next year.

1,084 schools in rural areas across the UK now have access to gigabit-capable full fibre broadband, the government has announced. 

The counties and cities which saw the most upgrades include Norfolk with 115, Wolverhampton with 81, North Yorkshire with 45 and the Scottish Highlands with 37. 

This work was carried out as part of the government’s ongoing £5 billion Project Gigabit which is a continuation of the Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) scheme that began in 2019. 

The LFFN initially aimed to connect over 100 primary schools in communities which weren’t to be included in commercial fibre-to-the-premise rollouts. 

Along with the obvious benefits for teachers and pupils, this kind of anchor tenancy style approach could make it easier for other properties to be connected up in the future. 

As a result of this project, the government estimates that an additional 1.5 million extra homes and businesses are now within 200m of a fibre optic network. 

The same scheme is also on track to connect up 6,800 buildings like hospitals, GP surgeries, fire stations, leisure centres, museums and libraries by the end of March 2022. 

“We are levelling up pupils’ and teachers’ access to the fastest future-proofed broadband, giving hundreds of schools better access to important learning opportunities, no matter where they live,” said Nadine Dorries, the UK Digital Secretary. 

The UK government has also invested £30 million in the Connect The Classroom scheme which aims to improve education by bringing high-speed WiFi and cloud services to over 1,000 schools. 

Source: ISPreview

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