I received this local government newsletter today. It had all the usual, nurses magically appeared out of nowhere to aid the sick, millions and billions funded into research projects, some elderlies got an award, roads getting widened (again) and school facilities upgraded. It’s lifespan is usually from the mailbox to the recycling bin, but this caught my eye.
$89.3 million dollars from hard-working tax payers, and what do students get? A lousy 4 megabit internet connection. Some mobile phones have higher data rates than 4 megabits.
There are about 1606 schools in the state of Victoria. If the money is spread evenly, each school receives about $55,604 to provide its students with internet access. I pay about $780 a year for a 10 megabit cable connection with a monthly download limit of 60GB. If the government funded me, In one year, I could afford 71 simultaneous cable connections resulting in a 710 megabit connection with a 4TB monthly download allowance. Spread over 2 years, I could afford 35 connections resulting in a 355 megabit connection with 2TB monthly download allowance.
You can see where I’m going with this. I’ve had first hand experience with internet in Victorian government schools. It really sucks. I don’t know where they get the idea of “collaboration” from, but you were banned from accessing any external emails or any communication networks. Good luck even trying to collaborate with another school, let alone the world.