Todd Muller throws weight behind TECT park proposal

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Friday, April 10, 2015

TECT All Terrain Park could profit major benefits from a government scheme to increase coverage of rural areas, Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller says.

“I support the Tauranga City Council and Western BOP District Council Joint Governance committee in making an application for the recently announced Mobile Black Spot Fund and the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI).

“In the next two weeks I will meet with local mayors Stuart Crosby and Ross Paterson from the Tauranga City Council and Western Bay Regional Council to discuss the application and potential it has for our region, says Todd Muller.

The park’s lack of coverage is a risk in emergency situations and is a barrier to its future commercial development.

“Digital connectivity is a key part of growing our local economy. Ensuring our local businesses, schools, homes and health care providers have access to fast and reliable broadband means more opportunities for our community,” says Todd Muller.

The Government has allocated $2 billion for developing UFB and RBI.

An additional $152 million to $210 million is now available to lift the Ultra-Fast Broadband programme coverage from 75 percent to 80 percent of New Zealanders.

The Government is also investing $100 million to expand the Rural Broadband programme, and $50 million to improve mobile coverage in black spot areas along main highways and in popular tourist destinations.