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Fast broadband for Great Barrier Island

Hon Amy Adams
Minister for Communications and Information Technology

1 February 2013

Fast broadband for Great Barrier Island

The Government’s commitment to improving rural connectivity now means residents, businesses and tourists on Great Barrier Island can abandon frustrating dial-up speeds and access faster technology, Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams says.

The island’s first wireless broadband tower was officially launched today by Prime Minister John Key, as part of the Government’s $300 million Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI).

“Being able to access quality broadband and cell phone coverage on the island is essential for attracting new businesses and providing opportunities for residents to remain living and working on the island,” Ms Adams says.

“The new infrastructure will make it much easier for local businesses to interact with customers in other parts of New Zealand or overseas, and supports increased tourism, which means more jobs and more opportunities for the island’s residents.”

The Government’s investment also means the island’s three schools can connect to broadband, providing access to the best online teaching resources.

“The schools’ location is no longer a barrier to learning. Students and teachers will be able to draw on the best educational materials available, and easily connect with schools in other parts of the country.”

The RBI is addressing the specific broadband infrastructure needs of rural New Zealand.

Combined with the Government’s $1.35 billion Ultra-Fast Broadband programme for urban areas, 97.8 per cent of New Zealanders will have access to faster broadband.

By the middle of this year, about 300,000 businesses and homes will be able to connect to ultra-fast broadband, and about 1300 schools and 30 hospitals will have fibre to the gate. In addition, almost 100,000 rural homes and businesses are expected to have access to faster broadband.

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