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Minister Harris announces roll out of wifi to 90 locations in 2021

Third level students to access free wifi roaming in 90 new locations

5th January 2021 - Simon Harris TD

Minister Simon Harris TD has today announced the roll out of wifi roaming to further and higher education students in over 90 new locations across the country in 2021.

The initiative will aim to create extended virtual campuses and offer students multiple options to go online and connect to their Further and Higher Education institutions.

The initial 90 locations include some of the most isolated and rural communities in the country where access to broadband is a major challenge for many students.

The project, led by HEAnet in close co-operation with government departments and local authorities across the country, has already made eduroam available in a number of new locations including libraries in Longford and Galway as well as The Convention Centre Dublin and CHQ (Custom House Quay) in Dublin.

HEAnet will work to expand the service nationwide to locations which are accessible to students including transport services, municipal locations such as libraries, museums and public offices, and commercial locations like coffee shops and shopping centres.

Speaking today Minister Harris said: “Education is changing and we must constantly change to adapt to these advancements.

“Further and higher education is increasingly about learning on the move; earning and learning and part-time learning.

“COVID-19 has resulted in an increase in the use of remote learning but it is clear that access to modern technology and connectivity is essential.

“We have already announced a fund for student devices worth €15 million and today, we are announcing steps to improve connectivity.

“This is the start of a journey. It is not the end. We will continue to work with transport providers, local authorities, commercial organisations and others to do more to help support students with online learning.”

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