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The Government is ensuring that rural New Zealanders enjoy the benefits of faster, better internet through the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI).

Providing improved internet to rural areas has many significant economic benefits, while also giving rural New Zealanders access to online health and educational services.

For many rural New Zealanders, upgraded internet is already available, but the government has recently extended the RBI to even more rural locations.

The RBI uses fibre optic and cellular technology to delivery varying speeds. Because Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) isn't feasible for every rural community, peak broadband speeds of at least 5Mbps (megabits per second) is being provided to more than 90% of homes and businesses outside UFB areas.

Remote Users' Scheme

For remote rural customers unable to access broadband over their copper connection, the TCF recommends applying for support via Crown Infrastructure Partners’ Remote Users’ Scheme which is currently calling for applications from eligible households and communities.

To see what broadband services are currently available at your address check the National Broadband Map.

For a list of rural broadband service providers, click here

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Last Modified On Tuesday, 7 March 2023