Enabling home internet access for your community

You can leverage your school’s internet infrastructure to help provide home internet for your community, making your school a 'digital hub'. This is likely to be most relevant in rural and remote areas.

How to get set up

The process is similar to setting up other kinds of third party occupancy. Here are the steps.

1. Identify an internet service provider to partner with.

2. Read the details of the policy on digital hubs.

Ultra-fast broadband in schools: Schools as digital hubs for communities — Guidelines for schools and boards of trustees [DOC, 782 KB]

3. Agree on how you and your partners will work together.

4. Talk to your local Ministry of Education office to seek approval in principle.

Local Ministry offices

5. Download and complete an:

  • Approval in principle form, and
  • Information required with application form.

These are available on our Leasing or hiring land to third parties webpage.

Leasing or hiring land to third parties

6. Complete the correct third party agreement. Your local Ministry office you give you the correct agreement to complete.

Important requirements to be aware of

Do not compromise your school’s own internet

Becoming a digital hub must not compromise your school’s internet. Your school must have access to the full data capacity and speed that it requires. Your school’s cyber security and filtering must also not be compromised.

Your school must not subsidise the service or service provider.

Your school must not subsidise the retailer either by providing funds, power or maintenance fees as a result of the agreement.

Retain the right to change the agreement

You must be able to change the arrangement with the retail service provider (RSP), or withdraw from the arrangement with no penalty if the school’s circumstances change.

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