Under the IAS (Information Age Schools) and the IT2000 scheme, schools were given "free" internet access.
We had a 56k line at the start, and this was upgraded to an ISDN line automatically. In terms of "free" access, the way it was done was that schools were given a certain amount of credit which then went to pay for their net usage. If memory serves me correctly, it amounted to something like an average of 1 hour per day. The catch was (and still is)that even if you didn't use this time, you were still charged line rental for the ISDN line. This also came out of the credit. So, over the summer period, when there would be no student net access, the credit still decreased due to line rental.
I'd love to be able to get DSL because the speed at which 24 pc's share an ISDN line is absolutely chronic. Interestingly enough, I checked whether we were eligible or not for ADSL recently using the www.adsl.ie
site and nope, we're not. So, I am wondering what changes are going to have to be made to make us eligible? Are they gonna move the school closer to an exchange? Or maybe enable some more exchanges? What about schools out the country which are a long way from an exchange?