What are the latest towns to be fully fibred under the Government's Ultra-Fast Broadband programme?
Stuart Smith to the Minister for Communications: What are the latest towns to be fully fibred under the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme?
Hon AMY ADAMS (Minister for Communications): Over the last 2 weeks I have announced the completion of the ultra-fast broadband service in both Blenheim and Ashburton. In Blenheim around 12,500 homes, schools, businesses, and health facilities can now access fast and efficient internet, and uptake there has been one of the highest in the country.
In Ashburton they are similarly grabbing with both hands the opportunity ultra-fast broadband provides. Those towns join Whangarei, Te Awamutu, Ōāmaru, Cambridge, Tokoroa, and Hāwera, which have all been completed in the last 12 months, with three more towns scheduled for completion during 2015.
Stuart Smith: How can other towns not part of the original ultra-fast broadband programme get access to fibre?
Hon AMY ADAMS: As part of our manifesto promise to extend the ultra-fast broadband programme to 80 percent of New Zealanders, earlier this month we released a registration of interest process to ask communities and their councils to get directly involved in identifying the next priority areas and in thinking about ways that they can better support connectivity in their districts, whether that is under the ultra-fast broadband extension, the Rural Broadband Initiative, or as part of our plans to address mobile coverage black spots.
I encourage all councils that are keen to see increased connectivities to get involved in the process.