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Key: Broadband Plan To Get NZ Up To Speed

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National's latest billboard highlights the party's commitment to rolling out an ultra-fast broadband network, says National Party Leader John Key.

"A National Government will invest up to $1.5 billion to drive the roll-out of a 'fibre to the home' ultra-fast broadband network.

"I am focused on the issues that matter this election. Enhancing our economic performance is one of the vital issues that New Zealand must address.

"Delivering a future-proof broadband network to New Zealanders to enhance our economic performance is one way to help deliver on the economic step change we are seeking.

"National's medium to long-term vision is for a fibre connection to almost every home, supported by satellite and mobile solutions where it makes sense.

"Our initial aim is to ensure the accelerated roll-out of fibre right to the home of 75% of New Zealanders. In the first six years, priority will be given to business premises, schools, health facilities, and the first tranche of homes.

"National will also take additional steps to accelerate high-speed broadband roll-out to rural and remote areas, with the first step being doubling the Broadband Challenge Fund to $48 million and refocusing it on rural and remote areas.

"A National Government will work with the telecommunications industry to achieve these goals.

"Fibre will deliver big economic benefits for New Zealand - enhanced productivity, improved global connectivity, and enhanced capacity for innovation.

"Independent experts have estimated those benefits will be worth between $2.7 billion and $4.4 billion a year.

"New Zealand has fallen behind its global competitors when it comes to broadband. National is committed to investing in ultra-fast broadband."

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