Broad­band mon­i­tor­ing

Clutha Leader - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

Clutha res­i­dents keen to see im­prove­ments in broad­band might be in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing for a na­tion­wide mon­i­tor­ing pro­gramme.

The Com­merce Com­mis­sion is seek­ing 3000 house­holds to take part.

Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sioner Dr Stephen Gale said Ki­wis love be­ing con­nected to the in­ter­net and to­gether spend more than $1.2 bil­lion a year on home broad­band bun­dles.

‘‘De­spite this, we know that many con­sumers find broad­band baf­fling. Prod­ucts and pric­ing can be com­plex and in-home per­for­mance can be hard for con­sumers to mea­sure.’’

The aim of the mon­i­tor­ing pro­gramme is to pro­vide con­sumers with in­de­pen­dent in­for­ma­tion on broad­band per­for­mance across dif­fer­ent providers, plans, and tech­nolo­gies, to help them choose the best broad­band for their house­hold.

‘‘We need vol­un­teers from all parts of the coun­try, of all ages, and on all types of broad­band tech­nolo­gies, plans and providers to take part.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion on the pro­gramme and de­tails about how to be­come a vol­un­teer, go to www.com­com.govt.nz/ broad­band­vol­un­teer

The mon­i­tor­ing pro­gramme will cost $2.8 mil­lion over three years.

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