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Council's £10m schools broadband deal

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Surrey CC has announced a near £10m deal to provide nearly 400 schools with high-speed broadband.

The announcement comes after council leader Dr Andrew Povey set a goal of 100% broadband coverage in Surrey by 2013 and follows the authority signing up last year for Race Online - the bid to get as many people using the internet as possible by the end of 2012.

Cabinet member for children and learning Peter Martin said: “Surrey has some of the best state schools in the country and ensuring they are in the internet fast lane is vital in making sure they continue to set high standards.

“Computers and the internet are just as essential a part of education as books, pens and paper and we want to enable as many pupils as possible to take full advantage of the benefits they provide.”

It is hoped all the schools will benefit from the high-speed broadband by September.

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