InternetNZ is pleased to see the Government is investing further in the roll-out of the Ultra Fast Broadband network, now making plans for it to be rolled out to 80 per cent of the country, rather than the earlier planned 75 per cent.
Chief Executive Jordan Carter said he thinks it's great the Government is investing in future-proofed technology, and even better that the money is coming out of the Future Investment Fund.
"Obviously we want high-quality, high-speed Internet to all of New Zealand so anything that increases the amount of people with access to UFB is a good thing.
"We would expect that this money wouldn't just go straight to Chorus, we are looking forward to going through the details on how the money will be allocated, but a contestable fund seems sensible to us."
"Combined with the announcement from Minister Adams of an increased amount to the Rural Broadband Initiative and the comprehensive ICT policies from most political parties, it's becoming clear that our MPs are starting to understand the importance of the Internet in making a better New Zealand from a better Internet," said Mr Carter.