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Providing rural areas with better broadband is a big challenge with line distance and low population density making it difficult both financially and technically. The Government took note and the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) was proposed.  

Rural Broadband Initiative will deliver broadband to 252,000 rural households at prices and levels of service comparable with urban areas. 

It will deliver broadband peak speeds of at least 5Mbps (megabits per second) to 86 percent of rural homes and businesses. Before this initiative started, only about one-fifth of rural homes and businesses had broadband of 5Mbps. 

Over half of rural homes will be able to choose between copper and fixed wireless broadband. 

All public hospitals and schools, as well as a large number of rural public libraries, will receive a fibre connection. 

There will also be extended cellphone coverage.  Coverage will extend another 6,200 square kilometres around New Zealand to make a total of 125,700 square kilometres. 

View Wireless Nation's RBI plans

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