12 Nov 2009

Rural broadband discussed at symposium

10:04 pm on 12 November 2009

A symposium in Rotorua will continue the debate over plans to expand broadband internet services into rural areas.

The Government has committed $300 million to provide faster internet access for most rural schools and households within six years.

Rural organisations have welcomed that, but complain it still doesn't go far enough.

The Telecommunications Users Association (TUANZ) and Federated Farmers are hosting the rural broadband symposium on Thursday and Friday,

TUANZ chief executive Ernie Newman hopes the meeting will make people better informed about what's involved in rolling out broadband and using its potential to transform rural communities.