Improve the broadband coverage and speed to the Akatarawa Valley

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The Akatarawa Valley is a population of approximately 570 residents in Upper Hutt (2013 census) and is currently not included in plans to provide ultra fast fibre broadband.

Numerous residents have reported poor quality broadband connection speeds which can be traced back to the lack of broadband infrastructure provided by Chorus to support this community.

Whilst the remainder of Upper Hutt will be upgraded to ultra fast fibre, Akatarawa Valley is suffering from a lack of broadband connectivity, restricted ability to connect new residents and poor connection speeds.

Chorus connectivity map shows zero and low speed connection serving the lower 8km portion of the valley in which the majority of Akatarawa residents live.

This restricts the economic development potential for the Akatarawa valley for home based businesses using the internet and reduces connectivity for all residents, students and businesses. The absence of any plans to improve this infrastructure will result in further falls in the quality of this infrastructure, whilst the remainder of Upper Hutt is upgraded to ultra-fast broadband access.

This petition asks the Upper Hutt City Council and Chorus to urgently upgrade the coverage and broadband speed for the 570 residents of the Akatarawa Valley - at a minimum by the installation of improved existing copper exchanges to provide at least VDSL and fast ADSL coverage and connectivity to residents.

Chorus map showing broadband coverage gap



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