Choosing an internet service provider
Schools can connect via N4L or choose their own internet service provider.
Make use of a free, government-funded ultrafast broadband connection that’s tailored for schools – N4L; available for state and state-integrated schools, and partnership schools. Alternatively, choose to pay for an internet connection through a retail service provider (RSP).
N4L, or Network for Learning, is a free internet service provider offering content, services, and support designed for schools. N4L is currently being rolled out to New Zealand’s state, state integrated, and partnership schools, due for completion at the end of 2016.
N4L provides quality ultra-fast broadband connections. It offers uncapped data, online content filtering and network security services. N4L connections can be more reliable than those of retail service providers.
N4L is a safe, secure data network, providing educational content and services for teachers and students.
Connections to N4L have been ongoing since November 2014, and will continue through to 2016. If you want your school to join N4L:
In the meantime, connect to ultrafast broadband using fibre through an RSP.
Use an RSP while you wait for your connection to N4L, or opt to use an alternative retailer instead of N4L altogether if you prefer. N4L is not compulsory; If you choose to go with another RSP you can pay for this from your operations grant.
How to choose an RSP
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