UFB coverage extended in Selwyn

by Kent Caddick

Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton is welcoming the news more rural towns in the district are to be connected to the ultra-fast broadband network.

Kirwee, Hororata and Dunsandel are among the Selwyn towns set to benefit from the Government’s recent announcement it has allocated $270million to roll out ultra-fast broadband (UFB) to 74,000 rural households and businesses in 190 more towns across the country.

Mayor Sam Broughton said it was pleasing to hear that parties are looking to improve broadband and communication services for the district’s smaller towns and the rural areas surrounding them. 

“Communication infrastructure is very important for families and businesses in Selwyn,” he said.

“Some of our towns are already well served but a number have been forgotten by Wellington.”

In addition to Kirwee, Hororata and Dunsandel other Selwyn townships including Arthur’s Pass, Castle Hill, Coalgate, Glentunnel, Doyleston and Sheffield will benefit from the announcement. Prebbleton’s UFB coverage will also be extended.

Selwyn MP Amy Adams said the news is fantastic for the district.

“Rolling out world-class broadband is a vital part of the Government’s plan to support regional growth and we are investing a total of $233.3 million on UFB connectivity here in Canterbury,” Ms Adams said.

“Furthermore State Highway 1 and a number of areas in Selwyn including Bealey and Birdlings Flat will also receive new mobile coverage.”