More locals throughout the Taranaki and King Country regions will have access to faster and more reliable internet, says local MP Barbara Kuriger.
“I am excited about the Government’s announcement today that the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) programme will be extended to 151 additional towns across New Zealand, plus 43 suburban fringe areas around the larger centres which were covered by the first phase of the programme,” says Barbara Kuriger.
“This expansion is great news for New Zealand and especially great news for the King Country and Taranaki. Provincial New Zealand towns are the winners under the UFB phase two rollout, with 11 towns in this electorate set to be connected.
“Improved connectivity is valuable in growing our regional economy, driving innovation, and supporting our local education and health services.
“Every day Kiwis are using the internet to communicate in a myriad of ways, for both the business and home. Faster download speeds and improved reliability means thousands of households and businesses are already making the most of the UFB network since phase one of the rollout.
“Faster broadband enables those households in provincial New Zealand to overcome the distance isolation factor from the main centres and helps them connect with their communities. Increased network performance also allows provincial New Zealand to remain competitive on the international stage.
“I’m incredibly proud of the Inglewood community who rallied together to produce an awesome video highlighting Inglewood’s bid for ultrafast broadband. This has resulted in Inglewood being one of the towns identified for connection,” said Kuriger.
“The expansion will mean an additional 19,700 locals will be better connected, and able to reap the benefits of a world-class broadband service. This expansion brings us closer to achieving our target of bringing faster broadband and better mobile coverage to 99 per cent of New Zealanders by 2025,” said Kuriger.
More information about the rollout is available at www.broadband.govt.nz.