Step closer for fast broad­band

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.’’

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