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Invercargill will be connected to the world like never before with the introduction of ultra-fast broadband, Invercargill MP Eric Roy said today.

Mr. Roy said around 16 Invercargill schools, 100 healthcare providers and 1050 Invercargill businesses will be connected between Aug 2011 – Apr 2017, and provided speeds of up 10 gigabits per second.

“Ultra-fast broadband will connect Invercargill businesses, schools and health providers with the rest of New Zealand and the world as part of the government’s $1.5 billion Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative.”

Government agency Crown Fibre Holdings has negotiated with Telecom to rollout ultra-fast broadband between August 2011 and April 2017 in Invercargill, providing residents with internet speeds up to 10 times faster than current broadband speeds. Read the rest of this entry »

The news last week that Myross Bush school and Southland Girls’ High School are to get information and communications technology upgrades as part of the Government’s commitment to high speed broadband in schools is just the start for Southland.

The announcement of the allocation to the schools in the latest round of the $150 million boost for school network upgrades means the benefits of greater broadband capacity will be felt in other schools in Southland as further upgrades occur in the next few years.

Given that many children will spend much of their future working lives online, it is important schools have the capacity to prepare them for that.

The goal is to have 97% of all schools serving 99.7% of all students accessing ultra-fast broadband.  This will also benefit the wider population as the current infrastructure is upgraded.  It’s another winner for Southland.

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