Rural broadband receives upgrade in Nelson

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Over 4000 homes, workplaces and schools in rural parts of Nelson and Marlborough now have access to faster, more reliable broadband says communications minister Amy Adams.

The latest results for the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) as at 30 June 2015 were released today.

Under the initiative infrastructure in Nelson/Marlborough has been improved.

One new cell tower is live in Hira, 6 existing cell towers have been upgraded and one cell tower is proposed to be built in Rai Valley.

RBI fixed line upgrades are now 93% complete in Nelson/Marlborough with over 4000 households and premises now having access to new or improved broadband services.

“By 2016, 90 per cent of New Zealand homes and businesses outside the Ultra-Fast Broadband phase one footprint will have access to better broadband,” Ms Adams says.

“The rollout of better rural connectivity in Nelson/Marlborough is progressing well and will provide the community with significant social, educational and economic benefit.”