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Local and central Government agencies stand to benefit from Ultra-Fast Broadband and will be able to access the network progressively as the rollout takes place nationwide.
So-called “e-Government” initiatives may be enabled by Ultra-Fast Broadband. Ultra-Fast broadband will offer faster, more affordable connectivity between council sites as well as improved communication with ratepayers through highly interactive, content rich citizens’ portals. These enable the full suite of council services and transactions to be conducted online, from dog licensing to building consents, making life easier for local citizens and potentially cheaper for local Councils and authorities. One example is the “Stokab” fibre network deployment in Stockholm, Sweden where 90% of applications for childcare spaces are now completed electronically. Applications for parking permits are also handled electronically, reducing processing time from 10 minutes to 30 seconds each.
As Councils in the Bay of Plenty have found, fibre between Councils is a huge enabler for local authority shared services. It reduces the need for travel, enhances collaboration and provides reduced operating costs while allowing local autonomy to be retained.
Central government agencies may obtain substantial benefits from moving to Ultra-Fast Broadband over a period of time. Agencies involved in service delivery will receive similar benefits to the broader business community – faster access speeds allowing better WAN connectivity, and support for all-IP networking which can simplify delivery of IP telephony, video-conferencing, and new applications.
For more information (these links lead to material which is not part of the CFH site):
- IBM smart cities http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/smarter_cities/overview/index.html
- Intelligent Communities Forum http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/
- Cisco’s Smart and Connected Communities Institute http://www.smartconnectedcommunities.org/index.jspa
- Computer Clubhouse http://www.computerclubhouse.org.nz/home Young people (ages 10-18) from low-income communities learn to express themselves creatively with new technologies