East Coast enjoying better broadband

Monday, August 15, 2016

East Coast’s rural community is enjoying more broadband connections and faster internet speeds thanks to the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), says East Coast MP Hon Anne Tolley.

“There are now 3168 broadband connections across the Gisborne, Opotiki and Whakatane districts, compared to 1872 before the RBI programme started. The average internet speed has increased by over 130 per cent across the region,” says Mrs Tolley.

“Under the RBI programme, Vodafone has built or upgraded 18 towers, and Chorus has upgraded 44 lines in the area.”

The Government has invested $300 million into RBI, enabling 300,000 rural households and businesses throughout New Zealand to access improved connectivity.

“This is delivering better broadband to remote areas of New Zealand and helps bring real benefits to our region.

“Faster broadband enables remote households to overcome isolation and helps them connect with their communities. It’s also revolutionising local agri-businesses by allowing companies and farmers to streamline their daily operations, and helps improve the way they promote their businesses.”

RBI is being rolled out in conjunction with the Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, which is bringing better, faster broadband in towns like Gisborne.

“Together, these ground-breaking projects will bring improved internet to 97.8 per cent of New Zealanders by 2019. The Government continues to steam ahead with the broadband rollouts, reinforcing National’s commitment to supporting our rural communities,” says Mrs Tolley.