Ministry of Economic Development IT group manager Reg Hammond says initiatives to bring more bandwidth to remote areas were signalled in the “information society initiative” suggested by the government’s inquiry into telecommunications.
Creation of the information society envisaged “is going to be dependent upon increasing bandwidth availability in less populated areas,” he says. “We are currently looking at what the government’s role is in this regard.”
“Nobody yet has approached me from Masterton or elsewhere suggesting that the government should consider a lease-to-buy option [for telecommunications links to such centres]. There are already quite a few examples of service providers, communities, local government, trusts and private sector businesses embarking on different initiatives to improve bandwidth in different locations,” Hammond says.
“This makes it a particularly interesting and complex area to be working in. I can say that the possible permutations and options are almost endless.”