31 Jan 2013

Broadband grant approved for Chatham Island schools

10:17 pm on 31 January 2013

A grant to provide better broadband to the three schools on the Chatham Islands has been approved by the Government.

Communications Minister Amy Adams says fast, reliable broadband will allow the schools - Kaingaroa, Pitt Island and Te One - better access to internet and video conferencing, as well as specialist health and education services.

The Chatham Islands are currently served by a combination of infrastructure based on the Telecom/Chorus exchange in the main township, Waitangi, and satellite broadband links to homes and businesses.

There is no cellphone coverage on the islands.

A set amount for the school broadband has been set aside, but the Government is asking for tenders so it can secure the best price.