Monday 4th June, 2018-Antigua Public Utilities Authority has announced it has provided broad band service to 17 government primary schools that were previously without internet access.
In a statement, APUA outlined that over the course of two weeks, commencing 22nd May, 2018, internet service was provided to S. R. Olivia David, Golden Grove, Green Bay, Jennings, Old Road, Freetown, Potters, Buckleys, Cobbs Cross, Freemansville, J. T. Ambrose, Cedar Hall, Mary E. Pigott, New Winthropes, Pigotts Primary Schools, Adele School and School for the Deaf. Each school received up to 20 mbps of high speed internet.
APUA says the move is part of its commitment to education in Antigua and Barbuda.
Previously, the telecommunications unit allocated over 440 megabits per second (mbps) to thirteen primary schools and thirteen secondary schools in Antigua. That primary school figure has since increased.
Efforts are currently underway to enhance the quality of service in schools with existing internet services in cooperation with the Board of Education.
The unavailability of internet service in schools has proven problematic for the institutions ever since government ended the agreement entered into with DIGICEL and LIME now FLOW by the previous administration, which was reportedly costing the government millions of dollars in revenue.
Around mid-May, Antigua Public Utilities Authority was given two weeks in which to update government on a plan to address the unavailability of bandwidth in public schools.