Bay of Plenty enjoying better broadband

Press releases
Friday, August 12, 2016

Bay of Plenty’s rural community is enjoying more broadband connections and faster internet speeds thanks to the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), says Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller.

“Bay of Plenty now has 9369 broadband connections, compared to 6410 before the RBI programme started. The average internet speed has increased by over 120 per cent across the region,” says Mr Muller.

“Under the RBI programme, Vodafone has built or upgraded 26 towers, and Chorus has upgraded 113 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 Tauranga and Rotorua.

“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 Mr Muller.

Media contact: Shannon Stewart (04) 817 9431