Dáil Éireann - Volume 621 - 14 June, 2006

Written Answers. - Telecommunications Services.

Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for Education and Science her proposals to ensure a proper broadband connection for a national school (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22976/06]

[1322]   Ms Hanafin: As the Deputy will be aware, my Department is currently engaged in the provision of broadband connectivity to all first and second level schools. The local broadband connectivity is being provided by a number of companies following a public tendering process and the schools’ connectivity is then routed through the Schools Broadband Network. From enquiries made by my Department, I can inform the Deputy that a broadband service was installed and enabled to the school in question on 28th April. A complaint was raised by the school on 22nd May to the National Broadband Service Desk operated by the National Centre for Technology in Education in relation to the quality of the service. The Service Desk has in turn, escalated the issue to the Service Provider concerned to examine the matter and a response is awaited in this regard. I will arrange for the Deputy to be advised of the outcome once available.