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More New Plymouth locals now have access to faster and more reliable internet, says Local MP, Jonathan Young.

Deployment of the first phase of the Ultra-Fast Broadband programme in New Plymouth is 100 per cent complete with approximately 26,659 households and businesses able to connect.

“The latest quarterly report shows uptake in New Plymouth is at 40 per cent with 10,525 connections, up 36.4 per cent, or 9,679 connections, from the previous quarter.This is also above the national average of 34.8 per cent,” says Mr Young.

“The Government alone has invested over $23 million in the UFB build in New Plymouth so it’s fantastic to see more people experiencing the benefits of fibre.”

In January the Government announced an investment of $300 million to extend UFB to another 423,000 New Zealanders across a further 151 towns.

“In total, the Government is investing around $32 million to deliver UFB in the Taranaki region.

“While New Plymouth already has access to UFB, fibre deployment is planned for Waitara and Opunake.

“UFB provides speeds of close to 1,000 Megabits per second, allowing households and businesses to have near-instant access to information, entertainment and online tools that allow them to do more.

“It’s great that the benefits of this will now be extended to more Taranaki towns,” says Mr Young.

The Government is investing approximately $2 billion in UFB and RBI programmes which will allow 85 per cent of New Zealanders to access UFB by the end of 2024, and provide vastly improved broadband in New Zealand’s rural communities.

The latest Quarterly Broadband Update is available here. Further information about the Government’s UFB and RBI programmes is available at www.broadband.govt.nz.

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