Fast internet work to start

Ultra fast broadband is set to be delivered to Tamahere and Matangi with work scheduled to start next month.

Ultrafast Fibre, the company bringing fast broadband to the area under the government’s broadband scheme, said today work was scheduled to start in May.

Under the rollout scheme, the capital cost of installing the fibre road by road is underwritten by the government allowing individual customers to simply sign up with broadband service providers at no more cost than their urban counterparts.

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Maps show fast internet area

Ultrafast Fibre, the company bringing fast broadband to Tamahere and Matangi, has released maps of the area it will serve with fibre.

Tamahere Councillor Aksel Bech said the release of the detail was exciting progress.

“We now know that the area within the yellow line on the map will get fibre under the government’s ultra fast broadband 2+ initiative and that it must be completed by the end of 2019,” Bech said.

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Fast internet a click closer

Tamahere and Matangi are finally to be included in the government provision of ultrafast broadband but coverage details and timing are yet to be confirmed.

The Waikato District Council today welcomed the Government’s announcement that another six of the district’s towns would get fast internet, along with mobile coverage for three more locations through the Rural Broadband initiative.

Tamahere Councillor Aksel Bech said there were two reasons to be delighted at the “good news”.

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New date for centre start

Construction of Tamahere’s commercial hub looks set to start in mid September, a much delayed beginning for a centre that was at one time expected to be reality by now.

Resource consent has now been issued for the boutique shopping centre to be built by Fosters Develop on the corner of Devine Rd and Wiremu Tamihana Drive, the Tamahere Community Committee heard recently at its monthly meeting.

Getting firm commitments from prospective tenants had been slower than expected and as a result construction may be a staged process, the committee was told.

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Tamahere misses UFB chance

Tamahere will have to fend for itself in the ultrafast broadband (UFB) stakes.

The Waikato District Council has confirmed eight of its towns will benefit from central government support for a UFB roll out but Tamahere is not among them.

That’s despite overwhelming support for UFB in the area, including a majority of residents happy to contribute to the roll out cost.

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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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UFB survey crucial

More locals are urged to fill out the survey that could be crucial to bringing a super cyber highway to Tamahere.

Around 120 people turned out for a meeting on an initiative that could bring ultra-fast broadband (UFB) to Tamahere and Matangi, signalling strong local interest.

But only about 250 of 1400 survey forms on the issue have been returned, prompting a call for more people to give what’s likely to be influential feedback by this Friday (May 20).

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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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Meeting to get UFB rolling

A public meeting to gauge support for ultra-fast broadband in Tamahere is on this Thursday, May 5 at the Tamahere Community Centre from 7.30pm.

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

He says it’s a one-off opportunity to get Tamahere and Matangi serviced by ultra-fast broadband (UFB) and give the area fast internet at an affordable price.

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