Farmers big users of broadband

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was not surprised that farmers were the biggest users of broadband and she said this reinforced the Government’s investment in internet access in rural areas.

“Spark data, recently released, shows that people in rural areas are using higher amounts of data traffic than those in urban areas and I believe this reinforces the significance of the Government’s investment in rural broadband.

“The internet has fundamentally changed our world – from how we work and learn, to how we connect as families and communities.

“I think it’s exciting that farmers and those in rural areas have taken to technology and that it has become a major business tool for them.

“The more that rural people use technology, the more they are discovering how useful it can be and the more they want to use it.

“It reduces isolation, allows business to be conducted no matter where you live and opens up the world.   

“Many farmers tell me how important technology is to their businesses from internet banking and e-mails, to monitoring weather and checking milk production and quality.

"Government has made sure that rural New Zealanders enjoy the benefits of faster, better internet through the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI).

"Giving rural areas improved internet connections will provide significant economic benefits, while also giving rural New Zealanders access to important health and educational services that are available online."

 

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru