$440m educational network taking shape

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER
Last updated 11:02 22/11/2012

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N4L, the new Crown-owned company that will run the $440 million Network for Learning, is taking shape, with the appointment of a chief executive to head what will become its team of 40 staff in Auckland and Wellington.

The Network for Learning is a closed educational network that will run on top of the ultrafast broadband network and over fibre laid as a result of the Rural Broadband Initiative, providing online educational resources and internet access for the country's 2600 schools.

N4L said John Hanna, formerly chief executive of Auckland information technology firm Maxnet, would become its chief executive, starting on December 3.

Chairwoman Helen Robinson said one of Hanna's first jobs would be to announce which internet providers had successfully tendered to connect schools to ultrafast broadband, with those services due to be in place by April.

N4L had two shareholding ministers, Finance Minister Bill English and Education Minister Hekia Parata, it said in a statement.

"The Government has earmarked $440m for the network service including content and applications," the statement said.

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- The Dominion Post

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