Local MP supports Waitara’s bid for broadband
New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young is pushing for Waitara to connect to the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband fibre initiative.
“Waitara is a growing business community with a number of firms trading nationally and internationally. The ability for those businesses, and the Waitara community, to connect to UFB fibre would be a real plus for all involved,” Mr Young said.
“UFB is key to driving business productivity and growth. It’s also a big help for the health, community and education sectors too.
“I’ve spoken with members of the local business community and it’s clear that Waitara’s eager to get on board with UFB fibre. So, as the local Member of Parliament, I’ll certainly be flying the flag high for my constituents,” Mr Young said.
Fibre to the home is currently being rolled out across 33 towns and cities throughout New Zealand, and already it is the most ambitious communications infrastructure programme in the world, given New Zealand’s low population density. Having completed nearly 40 per cent of the build to more than half a million houses and businesses, UFB is now being rolled out to a further 200,000 New Zealanders. This extension of the project will cost between $152 and $210 million and it will be funded from the Future Investment Fund.
Mr Young is working on a strong case for Waitara to secure funding as part of the Government’s extension to its UFB programme and is building the case, including letters of support from businesses and community.
For more information, please contact Jonathan Young’s New Plymouth office on 06 759 1363.