Gi­ga­town gains steam

But some res­i­dents sus­pi­cious of im­pact

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

Wanaka is charg­ing ahead in Cho­rus’ Gi­ga­town Com­pe­ti­tion but is the town ready to be­come an in­no­va­tion cap­i­tal of New Zealand? Thou­sands of dol­lars are be­ing pumped into the bid by busi­ness lead­ers and many com­mu­nity mem­bers have jumped on board the ini­tia­tive, but some have reser­va­tions the com­mu­nity does not fully un­der­stand what win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion could mean. The win­ning pack­age in the com­pe­ti­tion in­cludes hav­ing the fastest in­ter­net in the South­ern hemi­sphere, a spe­cial 1Gbps whole­sale ser­vice price and a $200,000 de­vel­op­ment fund to sup­port en­trepreneurs and in­no­va­tors tak­ing new ser­vices over the gi­ga­bit fi­bre to mar­ket. Cho­rus me­dia re­la­tions man­ager Elissa Downey said the con­nec­tion would rad­i­cally im­prove the speed and ca­pac­ity of broad­band in­ter­net net­works lead­ing to in­creased ef­fi­ciency, con­ve­nience and pro­duc­tiv­ity. ‘‘ Nu­mer­ous stud­ies show that a strong link ex­ists be­tween broad­band growth and eco­nomic

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