Cov­er­age still poor

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - LAURA MILLS

THOU­SANDS of West Coast res­i­dents are still with­out in­ter­net or cell­phone cov­er­age, or their sig­nal keeps drop­ping out, a na­tional roadshow on mak­ing the most of the in­ter­net heard this week.

In­ter­net NZ’s Net Hui rolled into Grey­mouth, hosted by Tai Pou­tini Polytech­nic, to give a snap­shot of the state of con­nec­tiv­ity.

Fa­cil­i­ta­tors Bren­don Burns and Dayal Phillips told a work­shop the Gov­ern­ment aim was 99% cov­er­age, no mat­ter where peo­ple lived.

‘‘But there’s a dif­fer­ence be­tween cov­er­age claimed and re­al­ity,’’ Mr Burns said.

Their own anal­y­sis sug­gested there would still be 11,000 with­out fi­bre con­nec­tion by 2023.

For­merly the Black­ball Hil­ton pro­pri­etor Cyn­thia Robins said their in­ter­net and cell­phone sig­nal dropped all the time.

— The Grey­mouth Star

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