Buller District Council

Have you told us what your internet is like yet?

24th June, 2015

Over 300 responses have been received for the West Coast Broadband Survey that is currently underway.

Some really valuable data is coming in regarding the current level of service that we receive on the Coast, or lack thereof.

Of the responses received so far, those without internet at home currently do not have access to the service where they live.

It is crucial that we hear from a broad range of Coasters on the internet services they receive or don’t receive if that is the case. We also want to know why people may or may not have internet at home, is it too expensive, is it not available where you live, or do you just choose not to have it?

The four West Coast Councils, in collaboration with Tai Poutini Polytechnic, are submitting an application to the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative and Mobile Black Spot Funding. The purpose of this application is to get funding to upgrade our current availability and quality, both with broadband and mobile phone coverage throughout the entire West Coast.

If this application is successful, we aim to have Broadband available to a vast majority of our residents of more than 70Mbps (Megabits per second). From the responses received to date the average download speed is 17 Mbps, and the average upload speed is 10 Mbps. So receiving funding for this initiative would make a significant impact for the entire West Coast, particularly those carrying out their business here.

Surveys can be completed online by clicking here or you can complete by hand from the printed version that was in The Messenger last week, and drop your completed survey into any of the Council offices on the Coast.  Surveys need to be received by 4.30pm Friday 26 June 2015.


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