Dunedin wins Gigatown and commits to close the digital divide

The Hon Amy Adams announced Dunedin as the successful Gigatown at a function hosted by Chorus this evening.  Mayor Dave Cull was on hand along with Digital Community Trust Chair, Peter Hills, to accept the Award. Other finalists were Gisborne, Nelson, Timaru and Wanaka.

Outcome 3 of Dunedin’s digital plan, submitted as part of the Gigatown competition, pledges to close the digital divide between North Dunedin with the highest uptake of ultra fast broadband and South Dunedin, just 8km away, with the lowest.  “The Gig will close that digital divide, accelerating initiatives that are already in place to expand access to education, supporting social development agencies and enhancing participation in decision-making,” says Dunedin’s plan.  “This is good news for families who are on the waiting list for Computers in Homes in Dunedin,” said Laurence Zwimpfer, Chair of the national Computers in Homes programme. “We are supporting 100 families in the current financial year and already have the first families connected to UFB in Dunedin through local internet retail service provider, WIC.”

Census 2013 indicated that there were 906 families with school-aged children in Dunedin City without an internet connection.  “We welcome this commitment from Dunedin City and Chorus to ensure that all these families are not only able to connect to ultra fast broadband, but now to gigabit broadband.”  Congratulations Dunedin!