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Ronan Price: Technology to light way for students

Published 07/02/2012 | 05:00

Penny-pinching and shortsightedness on the rollout of high-speed broadband and the computers to use it on will cost the country in the long term
Penny-pinching and shortsightedness on the rollout of high-speed broadband and the computers to use it on will cost the country in the long term

IMAGINE if the Government gave all our schoolchildren free copybooks but no pencils. Or supplied every school with new desks but no chairs. Or built hundreds of spanking-new classrooms without any windows.

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That would be the cynical reaction to the project announced by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte yesterday to roll out ultra-high-speed broadband of 100 megabits per second (100Mbps) to every school in the country within two years.

It's a laudable goal for sure -- and one not without great challenges -- but it ignores the second part of the equation. What good are lightning-quick internet speeds without the computers in schools to make use of them?

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