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Better Broadband en route to Kingston

Better Broadband en route to Kingston

Queenstown’s Kingston community can look forward to better broadband services now that additional fibre connectivity has become available near the town.

Kingston has long hoped for better access to the internet but due to its location and low population, unfortunately it had missed out on an ultra-fast broadband (UFB) infrastructure upgrade.

However, after recent planning was carried out in order to bring fibre to near-by Garston School as part of the government’s Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), it was discovered that a fibre cable could be freed up to connect new broadband equipment installed at Kingston’s exchange to the fibre network.

Chorus Industry Relations Manager, Gerard Linstrom says the availability of the additional fibre capacity and new equipment means that most of the town can now look forward to internet capability comparable to that of downtown Wellington.
“We were delighted to discover that this available fibre cable could be laid at a relatively minor cost to Chorus as it means this rapidly growing community will be able to reap the benefits of being connected to the fibre network.”

To help celebrate the triumph, Gerard Linstrom will present a new computer to the Kingston community at an event on Monday 27 January. Queenstown Lakes District Council Mayor, Vanessa van Uden will attend the event to officially receive the computer on behalf of the community.

“We are thrilled with this outcome for Kingston and look forward to seeing this equipment in action as it will enable everyone – even those without a computer at home – to access the ultrafast broadband now available in the town,” says Mayor Vanessa van Uden.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the event being hosted at the Kingston Library at 2pm.


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