I happened to see some officials from Chorus and Auckland Council in Oneroa today so approached them for information about their visit to the island. Imagine my delight to be told they were there to roll-out ultra-fast broadband for the island with work due to start before Christmas.
The first Waiheke Local Board pressed for Waiheke to be included in the initial phase of the government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband roll-out. We went to as many meetings in town as we could to press our case, especially once the new library building was agreed. We felt it was an essential feature to complement the learning environment we were creating there. Despite being told initially that we would be one of the first off the block that was knocked back without a definite start date, except that it would be in years four and five of the of the build. It’s fabulous news that they’re starting very soon.
I checked on the ufb website and sure enough there is confirmation of the news.
Chorus advise the July 2014 to June 2016 plans will see Chorus begin work in the last of its 24 candidate areas, Waiheke Island in Auckland, as well as finishing work in nine other provincial towns and cities. These are Blenheim, Ashburton, Timaru and Oamaru by the end of June 2015 and Waiuku, Rotorua, Taupo, Greymouth and Queenstown by the end of June 2016.