- Western Bay of Plenty District Council
- Connect: People's Panel
- Engagement Process
- Ways to Have Your Say
- Tangata Whenua
- Our communities
What is broadband?
Broadband, in the telecommunications world, refers to high-speed internet access.
Just how fast (megabits per second or Mbps) your web experience is and the sort of data (email, movie, gaming etc.) you can access, will depend on how you receive broadband. This can be over fibre, copper wire, wireless or satellite connection.
How much is Government investing?
The Government is investing an additional:
Why are councils getting involved?
Local councils have been asked to help identify the next priority areas, and ways they can support better connectivity of broadband and mobile coverage. Councils can support their bid for better connectivity by:
What is Western Bay Council's role in this project?
We have a small project team working on our application, which includes developing a Digital Enablement Plan. This team will gather information from individuals, businesses, industry sector groups and community organisations through surveys and focus groups. This information will be used to flesh out the case for Government investment in our area.
How can I help?
The first opportunity to help is to participate in our survey about broadband and mobile black spots. This survey is running from 15 May to 5 June.
How can I stay up-to-date with this initiative?
We’ll be updating this project page with news, progress, and any decisions made by Government.
If you want to stay informed about a particular aspect of the project, you can register on our website.
When will Council know whether our area has been allocated any funding?
We expect decisions to be made on the allocation of funding before then end of 2015.