Media Statement: Taupo enjoying access to world-class broadband

Electorate news
Monday, May 16, 2016

Local MP Louise Upston says thousands of Taupo locals are now able to connect to faster and more reliable internet.

“The latest quarterly figures show more New Zealanders than ever have access to better broadband thanks to the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) and Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) rollouts,” Ms Upston says.

“These initiatives continue to make great headway, with many households, schools and local businesses in Taupo able to reap the benefits of access to better internet.”

“Deployment for the Taupo electorate is now at 100%. Over 2200 residents and businesses are currently connected, which is great news for our community. It gives local businesses and schools a competitive advantage and enables them to make the most of the digital economy. It also makes connecting at home easier and more enjoyable.”

“The build in sixteen regional towns is now complete and other centres continue to have increased connectivity to the network.”

More than 1.2 million Kiwis are able to connect to the network as at 31 March 2016. Over 921,000 households, businesses, schools and hospitals can now connect to UFB, a 21 per cent increase from last quarter.

“The build is making rapid progress and is both on budget and ahead of schedule.”

“The Government continues to deliver on its promise to build a world-class broadband network in our backyard, providing Kiwi communities with faster and more reliable broadband,” Ms Upston says.

ENDS.

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