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Two new Rural Broadband towers for the Otorohanga region means residents and businesses will now have better access to faster, more reliable broadband says local MP Barbara Kuriger.

“It’s great that thanks to the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), Otorohanga now has access to faster broadband and the economic and social benefits this will bring,” Kuriger said.

“These new RBI towers prove a huge benefit for rural areas in dealing with emergencies, transport logistics, and road safety. Having high-speed broadband also provides a boost to the rural economy by enabling the use of the latest farming technology and agri-innovation.

“Reliable access to the internet at home and at work, as well as better mobile coverage, will provide benefits to households and businesses in our area. It will help enable more employment and study options for young people, higher business productivity through better access to online services and the ability for  rural businesses to connect with markets and customers in other parts of New Zealand and overseas.

“RBI highlights the Government’s commitment to rural connectivity. It will provide faster broadband to 90 per cent of homes and businesses that are outside the footprint of the Ultra-Fast Broadband programme by 2016. In addition, the RBI involves fibre being delivered to state and state-integrated schools in rural areas like ours,” Kuriger said.

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