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More Taranaki locals now have access to faster and more reliable internet, says New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young.
“It’s great to see the number of households, business, schools and hospitals connected to UFB in Taranaki has increased 35.3 per cent in the past three months to 11,115, (this is above the national average of 33.3%).
“Across the country, the number of households, business, schools and hospitals connected to UFB has increased 12 per cent in the past three months to 367,788. With the UFB build in New Plymouth 100% complete with 26,625 households and businesses able to connect, the government alone has invested more than $25million in New Plymouth.
“This is great news for New Zealand, and especially great news for Taranaki. Improved connectivity is valuable in growing our regional economy, driving innovation, and supporting our local education and health services,” says Jonathan Young.
Alongside the UFB programme, the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) is continuing to deliver faster broadband to priority users and rural communities outside of UFB areas.
“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 uptake means more locals will be better connected, and able to reap the benefits of a world-class broadband service,” says Jonathan Young.
More information about the Government’s UFB and RBI programmes is available at www.broadband.govt.nz.

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