Thursday, 17 January 2013 20:55

Faster broadband benefits e-learners

Written by  Ruralcity Media
Faster broadband benefits e-learners

RECENT approval for the upgrade of the UK's rural broadband network has been welcomed by distance learning service providers.

The £530m rural broadband scheme will improve web services in the country's more remote areas, said the Distance Learning Centre.

Upgrades are being rolled out throughout the country as part of government plans to connect 90% of homes to superfast broadband, it said.

The news can only be good for Britain's economy as well as many people's quality of life, said Mike Verinder, managing director of the Distance Learning Centre.

"People in rural communities want to develop their skills, gain new qualifications and improve their employment and promotion prospects," he said.

"Many of our students – and new ones we're sure will now come forward – will benefit from improved broadband, enhancing their ability to play their part in our nation's economic regeneration."

Distance learning already had many benefits for those living in rural communities, said Mr Verinder.

It allowed them to access subject specific expertise and benefit from one-to-one tutoring that fitted in with their own commitments and circumstances.

"Improved connectivity can only enhance that experience," Mr Verinder said.

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  • Guest (A Byrde)

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    The proposal in Dorset is quite inadequate, because while 90% may get proper broadband, there will be a significant number of places that will get only 2MBPS. That is insufficient now and will be useless in the future. Broadband is going to be as important as the other utilities, and should be treated as such.

  • Faster broadband will help many distance learners but for a real benefit to the economy the U.K. needs to be looking at speeds above what is currently being suggested, we need speeds nearer 60Mb/s download and 4Mb/s+ upload throughout the country we will then be able to pat ourselves on the back and say we can compete with the rest of the world. Vu2Vu operates globally we deliver secure HD Video services to educational, medical and business environments via the internet.

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