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Spark and Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa expand JUMP in Taranaki

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Today Spark Foundation and partner Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa have announced that they will expand their JUMP programme in the Taranaki region through new community partner New Plymouth District Libraries. 

As classroom learning goes digital, students without broadband at home are at risk of being left behind. JUMP is a not for profit and community driven programme which enables more children to go online outside of classroom hours and get on the right side of the Digital Divide. 

JUMP provides an easy, plug-in-and-go solution for parents with a free modem preloaded with 30GB and subsidised prepaid data "topups" following at only $10 for 30GB. This prepaid and contract-free service uses the Skinny Broadband platform and provides "wireless" home broadband via a 4G mobile signal. 

Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa and Spark Foundation have partnered to rollout JUMP across New Zealand through local community organisations. This new relationship with New Plymouth District Libraries will expand the JUMP programme in the Taranaki region, including Puke Ariki, Inglewood, Waitara, Bell Block and Oakura libraries and will help to identify and refer more families from Taranaki who are eligible for the programme. 

Lead for Spark Foundation, Kate Thomas, is pleased to be partnering with an organisation established in the Taranaki community. 

"We’re delighted New Plymouth District Libraries have joined the JUMP programme to help get more New Zealanders connected and participating in the modern digital era. JUMP is a not for profit programme and community partners are critical to its success. We look forward to getting lots more Taranaki homes connected and learning."

Laurence Zwimpfer, Chairperson of the Digital Inclusion Alliance, has welcomed the expansion of the JUMP delivery network to Taranaki. 

"We know a lot of families struggle to meet the costs of a home internet connection and JUMP provides a very affordable solution. As a pre-pay service, families are also better able to manage their costs and avoid any large unexpected charges. We appreciate the support of library staff in New Plymouth in helping local families get connected." 

Families can check their eligibility for JUMP by visiting sparkfoundation.org.nz/sparkjump or by visiting their local library.

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