21 Apr 2015

Connecting rural New Zealand - the need for better broadband

From Nine To Noon, 9:32 am on 21 April 2015

Road to mount cook new zealand
Photo: "Road to Mount Cook New Zealand" by B. Muirhead (CC BY 3.0)

The government is putting an additional 100 million dollars into expanding the broadband into rural areas, as well as 50 million dollars to improve mobile coverage in black spot areas along main highways and popular tourist destinations.

Which areas are currently missing out on fast broadband and mobile coverage, and what impact is this having?

Michelle Thompson is Chief Executive of the Rural Health Alliance and Craig Young is the Chief Executive of the Telecommunications Users Association. They've joined forced to take the pulse of rural connectivity needs and will run a symposium on the issue next month.