Eastern Courier : January 26th 2010
15 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 26, 2011 NEWS Pukekohe 09 238 7019 3 2 2 1 2 Broadband priorities Let's get ultrafast broadband where it's most needed. That's the aim of a study expected to ident- ify how investment for Auckland and the Bay of Plenty can be prioritised to deliver the most ben- efit to businesses and communities. The Auckland Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Tauranga's economic development agency, Priority One, have commissioned econ- omic consultants to identify the economic sectors and local areas that will benefit most. It's a timely develop- ment -- the study comes after the government awarded the first round of investment under the urban ultrafast fibre initiative yet before decisions on rural pri- orities and the amount of funding for urban and rural Auckland. Targeting investment is critically important with over 40 percent of the country's population and a similar amount of GDP being generated in Auckland and the Bay of Plenty. Auckland Council eco- nomic development forum chairman Arthur Anae says: We need comprehensive invest- ment in broadband deliv- ery across Auckland and Bay of Plenty now, but we must be sure that we invest wisely.'' The study will investi- gate which firms, sectors and local areas within the two regions are likely to get the greatest ben- efit from ultrafast broadband capacity. The intention is to ensure that additional infrastructure capacity is provided first where demand will be highest. Results are expected by April. A round of pres- entations to key stake- holders will follow.
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