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Time to reassess your internet services
“Our focus now needs to turn to how we are going to use UFB and RBI to turn New Zealand into a digital economy."
Government completes school network upgrade project
"These initiatives mean schools have state-of-the-art infrastructure so they can make full use of ultrafast broadband in the classroom."
Spark and Vodafone show commitment with new cell towers
Mobile coverage has been expanded more than 1700 square kilometres of rural areas previously without coverage via 15 new cell towers.
Govt's RBI gaining speed
More rural New Zealanders are experiencing blistering internet speeds thanks to Rural Broadband Initiative towers being upgraded to 4G.
NZ's most remote schools now have fast internet access
“Our rural communities are just as important as our major centres and the RSBI programme reaffirms our commitment to reducing the digital divide."
English: Govt. infrastructure programme creating jobs for Kiwis
“We’re committed to ongoing infrastructure investment across New Zealand, and that means more jobs right across the country."
Rural New Zealanders keeping pace with Spark's wireless broadband
“Rural Wireless Broadband has opened up a whole new way of doing things for many of our rural customers."
RBI taking off in the regions, according to Govt
More than 270,000 rural addresses can now connect to the Rural Broadband Initiative, with 255,000 addresses able to connect to fixed wireless RBI.
Amy Adams shuts down Labour potshots at RBI
Amy Adams says it is “becoming increasingly clear that facts are not wholly important to Ms Curran”.
Labour Party continues to bag on rural broadband initiative
The Labour Party says Minister Amy Adams is currently trying to contain the fallout from the Government’s $300 million rural broadband scheme.
Connectivity tech drives innovation in rural New Zealand
The fourth annual MobileTech conference will take place in March next year and focus on innovative productivity tools for the rural sector.
Labour slams Govt. rural broadband scheme
"It’s time Amy Adams stood up for regional New Zealand." The Government’s rural broadband initiative isn’t up to scratch according to the Labour Party, who says its failures in the region are prompting an outcry.
Council ups it game on its Government UFB bid
South Taranaki District Council is seeking feedback on an initiative to establish a Digital Development Fund of up to $1 million.
99% of Kiwis to have 50Mbps connectivity by 2025
The New Zealand government has unveiled plans which will see 99% of Kiwis with 50Mbps peak connectivity by 2025, with 10Mbps for the remainder.
Tasman district moves ahead with broadband funding application
The Tasman District Council has submitted its Digital Enablement Planas part of its application for Government broadband funding.
NZ First calls out government on rural broadband in Southland
While the government claims its Rural Broadband Initiative is a success in Southland, their two local MPs say it’s a failure, according to NZ First.
Government dragging its heels with Kiwi internet problems
The Labour Party says that while the National Government focuses on 2020, rural internet stagnates in 2015.
Coromandel towns make Government's long UFB list
Five Coromandel towns have made the Government’s list of potential towns to receive funding for ultra-fast broadband.
Government's broadband rollout to support regional growth
“From rural agriculture to Telehealth, digital learning and social benefits, high speed connectivity is game changing for regional New Zealand.”
Deadline issued for council digital enablement plans
Local authorities will have a month to outline how they will take advantage of new investment from the government’s broadband extension.
2000th school to connect to government's managed network
“Fast connections and uncapped data are like heat and water. Every student should have as much as they need to achieve their best."
Ruapehu begins second phase of broadband investment bid
The Ruapehu Council has begun the second stage of its broadband investment bid, hoping to gain part of the national broadband investment programme.
More than 700,000 Kiwi homes and businesses have access to UFB
The UFB rollout to schools is 96% complete with 2324 schools now able to connect, with all schools being able to connect by the end of the year.
Wireless Nation to promote wellbeing for rural Kiwis
“We understand that satellite data is precious and that rural communities’ access to internet connectivity can have a real impact on mental health."