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Mor­rinsville Cham­ber of Com­merce is turn­ing up the heat on lo­cal gov­ern­ment and cen­tral gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the hope of a bet­ter deal when it comes to the roll out of ul­tra fast broad­band tech­nol­ogy in the town. Gov­ern­ment has sched­uled its roll out of UFB for Mor­rinsville and Te Aroha in 2020, and for Mata­mata it was 2019. But that’s not soon enough for a busi­ness com­mu­nity which says it’s strug­gling to keep pace with the modern world be­cause of its slow in­ter­net ac­cess ca­pa­bil­ity. Al­ready one busi­ness has moved out of Mor­rinsville and headed to Hamil­ton to jump on board a faster in­ter­net con­nec­tion. Will more fol­low? Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil seems re­luc­tant to com­mit to a plan for the busi­ness com­mu­nity to in­stall its own net­work. In­stead, the coun­cil looks to be wait­ing it out for 2020 to ar­rive. Po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates have been lob­bied to help but it’s un­clear what sup­port in­di­vid­ual par­ties will be able to give fol­low­ing the gen­eral elec­tion in Septem­ber.

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