Rural Connectivity Symposium

Over the last five years the current Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) has been in the process of being rolled out by Chorus and Vodafone, bringing better broadband capability to those living and working outside urban centres. The programme has the promise of connecting over 95% of rural schools to fibre, and fixed wireless broadband capable of 5 Mbps to over 85% of rural households and late in 2015 the rural connectivity target was increased to 50Mbps by 2025. However, rural NZ is yet to see the full impact of improved RBI capability and there remains gaps in coverage and uptake. This event combined with an election year gives you the perfect opportunity to help shape the future of rural connectivity.
The focus of the 2017 event is to hear about the options that have been put forward by network providers for RBI2 as well as a range of speakers of how connectivity is helping improve emergency and disaster responses in rural New Zealand, rural health outcomes, rural business opportunities and rural living in general.
The day will be opened by the Minister for Communications, the Hon Simon Bridges and will immediately be followed by a political panel discussing future optionsYou can see the full programme for the day here.
The event will be held at Westpac Stadium, Wellington on Tue 23rd May from 9am.
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General Information
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 09:00 to 17:00
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Westpac Stadium