17 Apr 2012

Schools to get fast broadband but worry about cost

6:03 pm on 17 April 2012

Hundreds of rural schools, public libraries and health care centres are to soon get access to a faster broadband internet connection.

The Government announced on Tuesday more than $14 million worth of contracts to several providers who will begin rolling out the network this year.

But some principals are concerned about the cost to hook up to ultra fast broadband.

Vice President of the Principals Federation Phil Harding says schools are desperate for better internet, but are worried about how they will afford it.

Mr Harding says it will be a priority for schools, so one way or another they will have to cut costs in other departments and budget accordingly.