Tasman prepping to fast track digital funding

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Tasman District Council is quizzing residents on their internet access and mobile coverage as part of its bid for the next stage of government ultrafast broadband funding.

The survey is designed to help in the preparation of the District’s bid, which must be focused on the most productive and urgent access needs, for the limited funds available for the extended rollout.

The idea of the survey is to gain information in the District on current availability of broadband and mobile internet services across homes and businesses, and areas with limited or no mobile phone coverage.

bid co-ordinator Karen Lee says the goal of the application is faster and more reliable internet access within our region.

“Residents can support this by completing the survey, or passing it on to friends, neighbours and associates. By completing this survey, local people can show where the greatest needs are in the region and this will support our application for funding for the next phase of fibre deployment and improved coverage of mobile ‘blackspots.'”

A number of meetings are also being held throughout the District to provide an opportunity for council to explain what is at stake with the funding bid and the opportunities available for support to the bid. The meetings will discuss the development of a digital future within the areas identified and will include an update on Tasman District Council’s registration of interest to improve internet and mobile phone services.

Meeting Dates:

Wednesday 10 June –Motueka
Community meeting to discuss developing Motueka’s digital future, including an update on Tasman District Council’s registration of interest to improve internet and mobile phone services. This is an important opportunity to ensure the most up to date information goes into Tasman District Council’s bid.
7pm – Motueka Memorial Hall supper room, Pah St

Monday 15 June – Golden Bay
Drop-in sessions to find out more about Tasman District Council’s bid to improve internet and mobile phone services in the area, and to help provide the most up to date information about where mobile phone coverage and internet services need to be improved.
10am to 12pm – Collingwood Area School Library, Lewis Street, Collingwood
1pm to 3pm – Golden Bay High School Hall, 12 Waitapu Road, Takaka

Tuesday 16 June – Richmond
Drop-in session for all Tasman District Council residents – find out more about Tasman District Council’s bid to improve internet and mobile phone services in the region, and help provide the most up to date information about where mobile phone coverage and internet services need to be improved
4pm to 7pm – Richmond Library, 280 Queen Street, Richmond