Friday, 3 April 2009

Broadband – the Last Mile

The blue line is the Telecom Fibre Optic Network – the icons are our schools.

With recent announcements about the investment in Broadband infrastructure & MOE funding for schools infrastructure there has been much discussion recently regarding the equity of access to broadband for our rural schools. There are a great number of our school’s in Taranaki sitting on this fibre network. How can we afford to go the ‘last mile’ & tap into it, who is going to pay for the substantial costs involved in making it available. Cities and large towns will have the numbers to justify Telcos investing in bringing fibre online – what about the rest of rural New Zealand?

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