School district using QNet

Tri-Cities students could soon have faster Internet connections as the school district prepares to hook up to the City of Coquitlam's QNet fibre optic utility.

Last week, the school board approved financing for the first phase of the project, which will focus on secondary schools and board offices. The secondary schools will serve as network hubs, which middle schools and elementary schools could connect with in the future.

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The first phase of the project will cost about $900,000 to be financed over five years and is expected to be complete by the middle of 2012.

Board chair Melissa Hyndes said this network will help remove barriers to the district's "learning without boundaries" educational vision.

QNet is a municipal corporation owned by the City of Coquitlam and financed through fibre leasing revenue. Its primary goal is to enhance competition in the delivery of highspeed telecommunications in Coquitlam.

QNet board chair Peter Steblin said the use of fibre optics will help meet district needs.

"Fibre optics is the highway of the future," Steblin said in a press release, "and by utilizing it, the school district will ensure that schools have adequate network capacity to meet the educational needs of students and teachers, as well as the business needs of support staff and administrators."

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