Ultra-fast broadband is now a necessity, rather than a luxury.  That’s why National is moving to ensure that 75% of New Zealanders will gain access to this important infrastructure development.

For business, hospitals, and schools, having access to a first-world broadband network is a critical need.  A significant number of businesses rely on communications capacity to work nationally and internationally.  Hospitals use communications to do off-site assessments where a specialist might not be available locally.  At the moment, our networks are lagging behind the rest of the world.

The Telecommunications Users Association has called the Government’s plan for ultra-fast broadband the most fundamental and constructive change to telecommunications since Telecom was privatized.

It’s the technology equivalent of having running water from a tap, rather than having to carry it from a well.  The capability this gives New Zealand will make a huge difference in terms of our competitiveness.