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More locals in the Taupo electorate now have access to faster and more reliable internet, says MP for Taupo Louise Upston.

“It’s great to see the number of households, business and schools that have taken up UFB in Cambridge, South Waikato and Taupo is sitting at 38 per cent, 29.8 per cent and 29.3 per cent respectively.

The uptake means more locals will be better connected and able to reap the benefits of a world-class broadband service.

“Across the country, the number of households, business, schools and hospitals connected to UFB has increased 12 per cent in the past three months to 367,788.

“This is great news for New Zealand, and especially great news for people in Cambridge, South Waikato and Taupo. Improved connectivity is valuable in growing our regional economy, driving innovation, and supporting our local education and health services,” says Ms Upston.

 Alongside the UFB programme, the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) is continuing to deliver faster broadband to priority users and rural communities outside of UFB areas.

“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.”

In Cambridge, South Waikato and Taupo, the Government has invested around $26 million in the UFB build, which is now complete.

More information about the Government’s UFB and RBI programmes is available at www.broadband.govt.nz.

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