Rotorua and Te Puke MP Todd McClay says it's fantastic news that Te Puke will have access to faster and more reliable internet.
“The extension of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) to Te Puke and more than 151 additional towns will bring significant benefits to local residents and businesses.
“I have been committed to bringing UFB to Te Puke so this announcement is fantastic news. Faster internet connections was a campaign pledge I made 3 years ago and I've been working hard with Ministers to ensure we were included in the UFB2 announcement", says Mr McClay.
“High quality internet makes a difference to the way we run our businesses, with access to the digital economy and greater commercial opportunities.
“In schools and in our homes, students and teachers can benefit from online learning resources, and explore innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
“Phase two of the UFB build programme will be extended to 151 additional towns across New Zealand, plus 43 suburban fringe areas around the larger centres which were covered by the first phase of the programme.
“Improved connectivity is valuable in growing our regional economy, driving innovation, and supporting our local education and health services, says Mr McClay.
Rolling out faster, more reliable internet is a vital part of National’s plan in developing a productive and competitive economy, improving health and educational outcomes and creating more jobs for Kiwis and their families.
The recent investment in UFB will provide up to 85 per cent of New Zealanders with access to fibre by the end of 2024.
The Government recognises the role of high quality internet in driving economic and social growth. We are working hard to deliver the best possible telecommunications infrastructure to all New Zealanders.
More information about the rollout is available at www.broadband.govt.nz