Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Regional broadband access has Health boost

Regional broadband extension access has Health boost

Health’s involvement in Project PROBE, the government initiative to provide high speed internet access to all schools and provincial communities, will benefit everyone living in rural and smaller provincial communities, Regional Development Minister Jim Anderton said today.

“Health’s involvement provides the opportunity for people living away from main centres to be able to easily access services that they now have to travel some distance to obtain.

“Project PROBE is a very exciting initiative developed to ensure that through high speed internet access people in small communities can enjoy the same online opportunities enjoyed in Wellington or any major city.

“Major investment in broadband infrastructure is critical to improving economic and educational outcomes for all New Zealanders. Through the Minister of Health’s decision to have Health services join the regional roll out of high speed internet access through PROBE, the health sector can also gain benefits and improvements to health care.

“Ensuring this new infrastructure meets the health sector’s needs as well as those of schools and communities has the effect of increasing the potential level of demand for broadband services,” Jim Anderton said.

Jim Anderton said other government departments were being encouraged to take PROBE into account in their planning and he looked forward to making further announcements.

“But I’m also looking forward to seeing the private sector and public corporations coming on board as well. It’s already apparent, for example, that PROBE can assist Fonterra in further establishing their business networks and, at the same time this will provide additional support for growing demand to meet the needs of schools and rural users, including farmers,” Jim Anderton said

Developed jointly by the Ministry of Economic Development and Ministry of Education, Project PROBE is a major whole of government initiative with a significant amount of funding.

Project PROBE can enable development, and is not a solution in itself. It will provide the infrastructure to enable potential users to make the most of the opportunities that high speed internet access can provide. Telecommunications suppliers will be selected through a regional tender process.

Jim Anderton said the tendering process is well underway, with responses to the request for proposals (RFP) due early next month.

“The Ministry of Health provided direct input into the RFP and tenderers have been asked to respond specifically to its requirements. Discussions are continuing on more detailed information regarding access demand locations and services.”

Jim Anderton said the government had been working in partnership with regions to ensure community and regional needs were recognised. “The regional tendering process is an important part of Project PROBE. It’s going to help advance competition in the telecommunications sector, it will ensure that regional needs are met as well as producing the best outcome for the country.”

Visit www.minedu.govt.nz/goto/probe

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news