NZ’s Broadband Vision
The vision of Crown Fibre Holdings is to lead the rollout of Ultra-Fast Broadband to 75% of New Zealanders by 2019. CFH will lead the telecommunications industry in rolling out Ultra-Fast Broadband rapidly, efficiently and cost-effectively, and will enable and drive uptake of Ultra-Fast Broadband across New Zealand. This will:
- provide world class telecommunications infrastructure, to enable a more productive New Zealand economy;
- deliver better outcomes in service delivery in key areas such as health and education; and
- benefit New Zealanders through enabling new and improved Internet-based services using Ultra-Fast Broadband.
The Government has a Five Point Broadband Action Plan which provides an overview of what the Government is doing to support the benefits of faster broadband in five key sectors:
- Health innovation hub to test, commercialise and encourage funding and uptake of IT applications for fibre, through DHBs;
- National Health IT Plan including:
- e-referrals, e-prescribing and online records of medications;
- access to surgical buses;
- shared care records by 2014;
- provide communities with remote diagnosis via Integrated Family Health Centres;
- provide in home health monitoring and video conferencing for the elderly.
- Information about the benefits of faster broadband to business provided through Government business channels such as New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI);
- Digital tools and applications to enhance business productivity;
- MSI funding support:
- the Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct;
- assistance to NZ tech companies to establish and operate in Silicon Valley;
- ICT Entrepreneurs Scheme.
- Creation of a Network for Learning;
- School Network Upgrade Programme (SNUP);
- Use of Broadband for Maori in schools and ICT careers;
- Funded school lead-ins (drops);
- Professional learning and development for teachers.
- Local Government and stakeholders establishing Digitial Leadership Forums or similar to leverage the benefits of the UFB investment locally, holding six-monthly RBI meetings;
- Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) National Advisory Committee;
- Work with Nga Pu Waea, the Maori broadband working group, to maximise opportunities for Maori from the initiative; improve digital literacy and confidence;
- Improve digital literacy and confidence to use UFB via DIA ICT programmes (eg Computers in Homes, Computer Clubhouse);
- Deliver fibre to all libraries.
- New applications and services for government;
- Better access to government data;
- Increased use of the web as a channel;
- Centralised ICT services, business processes and information;
- Individual agency ICT initiatives.
More information on the plan is available here.