The passing of the Telecommunications (Development Levy) Amendment Levy Bill underscores the Government’s commitment to extending enhanced connectivity to regional New Zealand, says Communications Minister Amy Adams
The Bill passed last night with support from all parties, other than Labour.
Budget 2015 sets aside funding to deliver on the Government’s commitment to roll out world-class internet connectivity for New Zealanders with the extension of its flagship broadband initiatives, Communications Minister Amy Adams says.
A contingency of up to $210 million in capital funding from the Future Investment Fund secures the next stage of the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) in extending it to 80 per cent of New Zealanders. This will be finalised following a business case.
Communications Minister Amy Adams says the completion of the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) build in Taupō means nearly 13,000 houses, businesses, schools and health facilities now have access to world-class fibre.
“UFB provides communities with the ICT skills they need to grow and innovate. Businesses with a high internet use have double the growth, exports and job creation rates compared to companies with a low web presence,” Ms Adams says.
The strength of New Zealand’s ICT sector has been revealed in a new report released today by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Communications Minister Amy Adams.
The 2015 ICT Sector Report is the second in a series that provides in-depth analysis of New Zealand’s information and communications technology sector, and showcases New Zealand’s very strong performance in the ICT industry over the last few years. The first report was released in 2013.