Coverage still poor

Thousands of West Coast residents are still without  internet or cellphone coverage, or their signal keeps dropping out, a national roadshow on making the most of the internet heard this week.

Internet NZ’s Net Hui rolled into Greymouth, hosted by Tai Poutini Polytechnic, to give  a snapshot of the state of connectivity. 

Facilitators Brendon Burns and Dayal Phillips told a workshop  the Government aim was 99% coverage, no matter where people lived.

"But there’s a difference between coverage claimed and reality," Mr Burns said.

Their own analysis suggested there would  still be 11,000 without  fibre connection by 2023. Formerly the Blackball Hilton proprietor Cynthia Robins said their internet and cellphone signal dropped all the time.

- Laura Mills

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