MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment MBIE – Local Government invited to support UFB, RBI and Mobile Black Spot programmes

31 March 2015

Local authorities are being asked to get involved in identifying the next priorities and ways they can support better connectivity of broadband and mobile coverage in their areas.

Examples of the actions local authorities could take to support their bid for better connectivity include:

  • working with residents and businesses to identify opportunities for broadband use and support rapid uptake
  • developing a Digital Enablement Plan for the community
  • facilitating consent processes for new infrastructure
  • making deployment quicker and less expensive by providing information about existing infrastructure
  • providing assistance in developing or operating new sites (for example, by making land available or providing access or track maintenance).

Submissions are due by 3 July 2015.

Read more about the programmes and register your interest on MBIE’s Economic Development Information website.

Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.