Ultra-fast broadband is coming to an additional seven areas in our District – giving 15,000 Tasman residents access to faster internet between now and 2023.

The Government has announced the results of the 2015 UFB2 funding round, which will roll out ultra-fast broadband to the following towns in our District:

  • Ruby Bay (2018)
  • Motueka (2019)
  • Kaiteriteri (2020)
  • Takaka (2021)
  • Brightwater (2022)
  • Wakefield (2022)
  • Murchison (2023)

If your town or area is not included, remember there is another round to come – we are currently taking part in another process for rural broadband to find out what help is in store for our more remote communities. The results should be announced later this year.

We were heavily involved in helping put together a bid for funding for our region, and it’s great to see our communities’ need for better internet access has been recognised by the Government in this funding round. The preparation of our bid was a community-driven process supported by the Nelson Regional Development Agency. A series of community events helped identify where services are missing and more than 1300 people, organisations and businesses completed an online survey and provided supporting information.

The upgraded service will be delivered through contracts between Crown Fibre Holdings and Chorus.

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