Since 2005, as part of the Irish Government’s Broadband for Schools Programme, HEAnet has acted as network manager of a centralised Schools Network that connects all Irish primary and post-primary schools to the general Internet and other global Education Networks. This equates to approximately 4,000 schools.
Under the Broadband for Schools Programme HEAnet also offer schools a portfolio of network services including: network management & monitoring; IP address management; security & filtering of content; in addition to web hosting and blog services. HEAnet also configure and remotely manage the router located at each school.
Broadband services to schools are delivered by HEAnet in co-operation with a variety of Broadband Access Providers. These Broadband Access Providers are required to aggregate their respective school broadband connections at the HEAnet backbone network. HEAnet monitor Broadband Access Provider performance versus their SLA commitments and notify the Department of Education & Skills of core network outages and the resultant penalties owed were applicable.
A key responsibility of HEAnet is the provision of a schools content filtering solution which serves to minimise access to inappropriate content. Schools are required to sign-up to specific levels of content filtering as prescribed by the Department.
The Broadband for Schools Programme, now in its third procurement phase, has consistently delivered improved broadband levels to Irish schools. Services under this programme are funded by the Department of Education & Skills.
As post-primary schools are connected under the Schools 100 Mbit/s High-Speed Programme, they are be migrated from the Broadband for Schools Programme.