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More East Coast locals now have access to faster and more reliable internet, says local MP Anne Tolley.

Deployment in Whakatane township is 100 per cent complete with 7,141 households and businesses able to connect.

“The latest quarterly report shows uptake is at 32 per cent with 2,248 connections, up from 29 per cent, or 2,073 connections, from the previous quarter,” says Mrs Tolley.

“The Government has invested more than $6 million in the UFB build in Whakatane, so it’s fantastic to see more people experiencing the benefits of fibre.

“The build is also well underway in Gisborne, at 79 per cent complete with 11,815 households and businesses able to connect already. The build is due to be completed in 2018, at which time almost 15,000 households and businesses will be able to connect.”

In January the Government announced an investment of $300 million to extend UFB to another 423,000 New Zealanders across a further 151 towns.

“In total, the Government is investing a further $106 million to expand the UFB programme in the Bay of Plenty region which includes Kawerau and Ohope/Coastlands,” says Mrs Tolley.

“UFB provides speeds of close to 1,000 Megabits per second, allowing households and businesses to have near-instant access to information, entertainment and online tools that allow them to do more.

“It is great that more East Coast towns will be able to experience the benefits of this once complete.”

The Government is investing approximately $2 billion in UFB and RBI programmes which will allow 85 per cent of New Zealanders to access UFB by the end of 2024 and provide vastly improved broadband in New Zealand’s rural communities. 

The latest Quarterly Broadband Update is available here. Further information about the Government’s UFB and RBI programmes is available at www.broadband.govt.nz.

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