What is happening in my community?
Some communities have formed local Digital Leadership Forums to make the most of Ultra-Fast Broadband. These are groups of stakeholders with an interest in the initiative, including businesses, the health and education sectors, local iwi; community organisations like Computer Clubhouse and Computers in Homes; and members of local ICT clusters. They generally have the support of the local council and/or economic development agency. The objective of these forums is to develop a strategy with initiatives to leverage the benefits of UFB and then to implement them. Initiatives for consideration include:
- councils working in partnership with fibre providers on a “one dig” policy and other “fibre friendly” activites;
- councils, Chambers of Commerce, Principals’ Associations, and PHO’s communicating UFB rollout plans to their constitutent groups;
- identification of exemplar users of fibre in the community willing to act as “ambassadors”;
- development and communication of case studies of fibre in use in different sectors;
- mentoring of others in their sector by fibre ambassadors;
- local schools clustering to improve their buying power and for e-learning pedagogy over the network;
- development of community hubs where residents can experience applications and services over fibre, in libraries and elsewhere;
- technology expos and/or an experience centre to showcase applications and services over UFB;
- building digital capability in business sectors of competitive advantage with training in how to capture the value of emerging technologies.
Digital Leadership Forums (or similar) have been created around the country. See below for a list of those formed or in formation and a person you can contact.
Chamber of Commerce
|Auckland||Tim Watton||Auckland City Councilfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hamilton||Nicola Browne||Opportunity Hamiltonemail@example.com|
|Tauranga||Greg Simmonds||Priority Onefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Whakatane||Gerard Casey||Eastern Bay of Plenty
Chamber of Commerce
|Rotorua||Mark Rawson||Rotorua District Councilemail@example.com|
|New Plymouth||Kathryn Scown||New Plymouth
|Palmerston North||Jane Julian||Palmerston North
|Nelson||Bill Findlater||Nelson Regional EDAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
If there’s not a Digital Leadership Forum in your area and you would like to establish one, please contact Crown Fibre Holdings.
When is Ultra-Fast Broadband being delivered?
Detailed roll-out maps are being made progressively available on the websites of CFH’s partners as deployment plans are developed:
- A high level rollout plan for Whangarei is available at Northpower Fibre;
- Initial deployment plans for Hamilton, Tauranga, Wanganui, New Plymouth, Hawera and Tokoroa are available at Ultra-Fast Fibre Limited ;
- Initial deployment plans for Ashburton, Auckland, Blenheim, Dunedin, Invercargill, Masterton, Napier-Hastings, Nelson, Oamaru, Palmerston North, Queenstown, Rotorua, Taupo, Timaru, Wellington and Whakatane) are available from Chorus. Plans for all other areas will be released in due course.
- For Christchurch and Rangiora, see Enable Networks Limited maps of residential and business coverage.