Universal fast internet access

Rural households (and even many that are close to a city or town) have very slow internet speed (or virtually nothing usable)

This effectively means that they cannot participate in any digital economy and are locked out

We keep hearing from providers that "85% of people are covered" but this is an unnacceptably high number of poeple that are not covered

Fast, usable internet is becoming a necessity - imagine if the electricity network rollout had excluded large chunks of the country, internet is no different

Why the contribution is important

All people need to have the ability and opportunity to participate in the modern global society and economy

by skyange on October 12, 2021 at 02:35PM

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  • Posted by Rialonic October 14, 2021 at 11:20

    My question to you would be "is broadband speed enough"?

    Broadband or wireless internet availability has improved significantly over the last 10 years. I worry that the 5-10Mbps speeds this gets in rural areas is likely not going to be enough. Currently you can stream 4K on it, but what about the 64K video we'll surely have in 10 years?

    It's probably not feasible to get fiber to all properties within a cost the public is willing to pay. But I feel like our target should be to at least have fiber or VDSL available to 99% of properties.

    I'd note that every property in NZ is capable of getting internet at usable speeds so long as they have electricity and money. Satellite internet is available (currently at twice the cost of normal broadband for half the speed), and with Starlink this may get cheap enough that investment in rural VDSL may not be necessary.
  • Posted by skyange October 14, 2021 at 16:22

    Many users in rural areas would be thrilled to get 5-10mbps speeds...
    I live within 1 hour of Auckland CBD and we are lucky in that we could actually get ADSL, but too far away from the exchange to get VDSL and out of range of 4G etc - and internet providers have no apparent plans to upgrade anything so we have no options
    I have Starlink now and it is a game-changer, however it is expensive (for now) and availability is limited but I hope it will provide a much-needed awakening for internet providers in NZ since in a lot of cases it has faster speeds than city connections
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