Step closer for fast broadband
Tokoroa is a step closer to getting ultra-fast broadband.
The news comes after Crown Fibre Holdings announced a shortlist of companies it was negotiating with for the roll out of faster broadband.
Among the companies is the Central North Island Fibre Consortium, which covers parts of Taranaki, King Country and Waikato, including Tokoroa.
‘‘This is an important and exciting step closer to getting ultra-fast broadband in our community,’’ said Taupo MP Louise Upston.
‘‘This government is committed to getting our rural communities on ultra-fast broadband and I’m delighted that this is progressing.’’ Recommendations on the shortlist of potential partners were due in October and the first work was set to start before the end of the year.
Dr Julian Elder, chief executive of one of the companies in the consortium – WEL Networks, said the start of negotiations was a significant step forward in the rollout of faster broadband.
‘‘What this means is our consortium is one step closer to making ultra-fast broadband a reality for cities and towns throughout the Central North Island.
‘‘We see this as an important step forward in delivering value to the residential, education, health and business sectors.
‘‘Rolling out ultra-fast broadband will assist in creating economic growth and a range of future opportunities throughout the wider region.
‘‘Particularly for smaller towns like Wanganui, Hawera and Tokoroa, getting ultra-fast broadband means they will no longer be disadvantaged with low internet speeds. ‘‘This has huge implications for schools, hospitals and businesses especially.’’