Opposition leader John Key says National is unlikely to spend taxpayers’ money on building broadband infrastructure in the way both Australian political parties now promise to do.
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It may have been described by Trevor Mallard, the Minister for Industry and Regional Development, as “a dog’s breakfast”, but the Probe project has nevertheless resulted in a broadband service for schools and communities in most regions. It has also stimulated interest in broadband in the wider community, say the regional project managers.
Economic development minister Trevor Mallard insists observers who thought they heard him express a derogatory opinion of the government’s Probe broadband project took his remarks out of context.
The military coup in Thailand that ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is unlikely to have any repercussions for IPstar in New Zealand, the local company says.
Another $200 million is to be ploughed into the nation’s schools, over four years, in a bid to modernise education using ICT.
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