28 Apr 2009

Farmers concerned about level of rural broadband investment

2:07 pm on 28 April 2009

Federated Farmers says it's concerned that future plans by Telecom for a $48 million investment in rural broadband may not go far enough.

Details of Telecom proposals for the roll out of high-speed broadband infrastructure were issued on Tuesday.

Earlier this month the Government announced an investment of $1.5 billion in fibre-optic broadband infrastructure.

Telecom says one of its options would provide fibre to every school within three years, and every hospital within two and a half years.

Federated Farmers says bringing the infrastructure to rural schools may allow the surrounding community to piggy back off that investment.

The organisation says it does not want to see rural New Zealand treated as a second class area.