itb-nz logo
Story image

National "finally wakes up" to rural broadband issues

27 Aug 2014

IT and Communications Minister Amy Adams must guarantee that the new fund announced this week will be truly contestable and not just a slush fund for large telcos or a continuation of the existing failed Rural Broadband Initiative.

Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran believes the new fund is an admission that the "RBI has failed and under-shot the ambitions of New Zealanders."

“Broadband connections in rural New Zealand are poor by world standards," she says. "New Zealand needs the best rural broadband possible because of the importance of primary production."

Curran claims that the National may have woken up to the importance of community solutions – a solution that Labour has already embraced.

“This fund must be genuinely contestable and not a repeat of previous mistakes such as ultra-fast broadband where their conventional thinking resulted in relying on a big incumbent to deliver the best solutions for its bottom lines rather than for communities," she adds.

“That’s why John Key has attempted to paper over the cracks with today’s extra $150 million being thrown at the project.

“If this turns out anything like the ultra-fast broadband project, it will simply result in more money for telecommunications companies with no real difference to rural communities for years to come."

Link image
Maximise your Teams productivity using template tools
As more workers turn to Microsoft Teams for remote productivity, learn how to make the most of the software by replicating best practice from one Team to another using Team Templates.More
Story image
Sign on Glass is a green initiative that reduces costs and increases productivity
Mounds of paperwork typify administration processes for most businesses, with filing cabinets full of receipts, invoices, delivery notifications, job and time sheet.More
Story image
Techday introduces RemoteWorkerTech Asia site
This is a new site dedicated to covering the latest technology, expert opinions and trends around remote working.More
Story image
How to manage company communication throughout a lockdown
As we enter alert level 4 and lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, communication between remote-working staff is critical to ensuring business continuity.More
Story image
International Telecommunication Union to help nations with emergency comms
"The exceptional COVID-19 crisis we are going through right now shows how vital information and communication technology networks and services are, both to respond to the current pandemic and to address disaster management."More
Story image
Check your home network: Demand will congest internet during Covid-19 lockdown
New Zealand Telecommunications Forum says demand for data will increase as New Zealanders use their home networks to access internet to continue working, learning and to entertain themselves once the entire country goes into self-isolation. More