UFB Rural project – Auckland Council submission update

rural broadband

Thanks to all who took the time to fill out the respondent form in the last post: Rural – Ultra Fast Broadband initiative for Patumahoe

Despite the short time frame, we gathered enough information to support our indication of interest to Auckland Council.

On Friday, I received the full 134 page Auckland Council Registration of Interest to the project, and can report Patumahoe has been included on the council’s priority rollout list of 17 rural communities.

Patumahoe is placed at 12/17 of the identified rural communities.

A copy of Auckland Council’s Registration of Interest can be downloaded from their website.

Media release from Auckland Council:

16 July 2015

Council puts rural communities’ case

for improved broadband access

Auckland Council has submitted a Registration of Interest – Support (ROI) in response to government’s announcement to extend its investment in rural broadband, ultrafast broadband and mobile black spots.

An additional $100 million for the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), $210 million for Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) and $50 million for mobile black spots, is regarded by the council as the best opportunity to address the lack of reliable broadband in many of Auckland’s rural and remote communities.

The ROI represents the needs of more than 42 communities across rural Auckland that would benefit from better broadband.

With more than a third of the affected communities, the Rodney Local Board area is the hardest hit, but by no means the only local board area to suffer, says Councillor Penny Webster. “Not having reliable broadband access in these areas is not an option in this day and age.”

The ROI also sets out what the council can do to help maximise the benefits of any available government funding, particularly in assisting the building of infrastructure.

The council acknowledges the additional funding is for improvements nationwide and not all communities will benefit. As a result, the council has committed to exploring alternative solutions addressing the ongoing issues of broadband access in rural and remote Auckland.

This work will continue to be led by a political working party including Councillors Arthur Anae, Bill Cashmore, Linda Cooper, and Penny Webster.

The council’s ROI document can be downloaded from http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/SiteCollectionDocuments/responsetogovernmentufbrbimbsf.pdf

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