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Solutions to rural technology may lie in Australia

Solutions to rural technology problem may lie in Australian experience

It is extremely important that rural areas receive an upgrade in telecommunications, National's Rural Affairs Spokesman Shane Ardern said today.

"The value of internet access to the rural community must not be understated."

"It's imperative that people in rural areas have the same telecommunication options as their urban counterparts, so that they can remain informed and competitive - and confront the challenges presented by rural depopulation.

"The Australian Government has been working with Telstra to help solve similar problems in their more isolated communities and I am investigating whether their solutions would work in New Zealand.

"In our modern technological age there is no excuse for leaving out a vital area of New Zealand. Rural people are the main contributors to our economy and they must have available modern technology links," Mr Ardern said.

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