Council in Second Stage of Digital Investment Bid

Council in Second Stage of Digital Investment Bid

Thursday, August 13, 2015

We need your help!

The South Taranaki District Council’s vision for internet and digital services is ‘as far as possible, as fast as possible’, and we are currently working on the second stage of its bid to get funding from the Government to improve digital services in the district - and we need to know what you think.

Central Government has three newly-created funds. The Mobile Black Spots Fund (MBSF) – to extend mobile coverage into black spot areas; Ultrafast Broadband 2 (UFB2) – extension of the existing Ultrafast Fibre network to more areas in New Zealand; and the Rural Broadband Initiative 2 (RBI2) – to extend Broadband capabilities into rural areas.

Last month, the Council submitted a Registration of Interest (ROI) as the first step (of a two-step process) to be considered for all three funds. The ROI included responses we got from 83 households about their current internet and cellphone issues within the district.

For the second part of the bid, Council needs to develop a Digital Enablement Plan (DEP) which is focussed on maximising the internet to increase profitability and engage our community in digital technology – and this is where you come in. As part of our DEP, Council need input from the community about what digital services are needed in our district.

Councillor Phil Nixon, who is the chair of the Rural Broadband and Cellphone Working Party, says "we need to develop a clear understanding of what the district’s internet aspirations are so we create a plan to help support achieving them."

How can you give us your feedback?

Click here to fill out the survey online.

(to the right) and return it to the Council Administration Building, or one of your local LibraryPlus centres. Alternatively, you can email the ruralbroadbandworkingparty@stdc.govt.nz or phone Claire Symes on 0800 111 323 to give feedback and ideas.

Please return the survey by Friday 28 August.