Super keen for super highway: survey

So keen are Tamahere and Matangi residents for fast internet that 27% of those responding to a recent survey on the topic were prepared to pay more than $1000 to bring it to their door.

Six per cent of respondents were prepared to pay whatever it cost to connect their home or business to the super highway.

Those are some of the findings in the full report of the survey, done in May, that the Waikato District Council has now posted on its website.

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Locals support UFB

Nearly 500 Tamahere and Matangi residents would sign up for a fibre-optic internet service if it was offered in their area.

The result comes in a survey conducted by the Waikato District Council in May billed as crucial to bringing a super cyber highway to the area.

More than 95% of survey respondents said they would definitely sign up for ultra-fast broadband (UFB) if offered with nearly 80% prepared to contribute at least $500 as a one-off contribution to get fibre-optic cable to their house.

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Big turn-out for UFB

Interest was strong at last night’s public meeting on an initiative that could bring ultra-fast broadband (UFB) to Tamahere and Matangi.

About 120 Tamahere and Matangi residents turned out for the meeting – a sizeable showing by the standards of public meeting attendance – and which would have given organisers a strong message.

The Waikato District Council, which called the meeting, has offered to build a case to put to central government for a subsidised roll out of ultra-fast broadband (UFB) in the area.

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Chance for fast internet

A one-off opportunity to get Tamahere and Matangi serviced by ultra-fast broadband (UFB) and give the area fast internet is in the pipeline.

The Waikato District Council says it is prepared to lobby central government for investment in UFB for the area and local district councillor Wally Hayes is urging locals to get behind the initiative.

Initially, the council has sought the views of 1400 locals in a survey designed to indicate the likely demand for faster internet speeds, and whether residents are prepared to contribute to installation costs.

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