Broad­band progress pleases

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

Taupo MP Louise Up­ston is pleased that the Ul­tra-Fast Broad­band Ini­tia­tive is tak­ing shape in Toko­roa, with the Govern­ment reach­ing an agree­ment with Ul­tra Fast Fi­bre Limited, owned by WEL net­works.

The agree­ment is part of the Govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to bring broad­band to ru­ral ar­eas.

‘‘This Govern­ment is com­mit­ted to get­ting our com­mu­ni­ties on ul­tra-fast broad­band and I’m de­lighted that this is pro­gress­ing for the peo­ple of Toko­roa,’’ Mrs Up­ston said. ‘‘With a pop­u­la­tion of over 14,000, Toko­roa will greatly ben­e­fit from these up­grades.’’

Crown Fi­bre Hold­ings has con­cluded ne­go­ti­a­tions with WEL Net­works who will be­gin lay­ing fi­bre in early 2011. The project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2015.

‘‘This is an im­por­tant and ex­cit­ing step closer to get­ting ul­tra-fast broad­band in our com­mu­nity,’’ Mrs Up­ston said.

Crown Fi­bre Hold­ing’s ob­jec­tive is to reach 75 per cent cov­er­age across the coun­try within 10 years. ‘‘The ac­cess prices CFH has ne­go­ti­ated will en­sure the ben­e­fits of fi­bre are within reach of busi­nesses as well as ev­ery­day New Zealan­ders.’’

Whole­sale house­hold prices fall be­tween $40 per month for an en­try level prod­uct to $60 per month for the 100 Megabit prod­uct. There are no charges for con­nec­tion.

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