Farmside gives rural broadband a boost

Farmside gives rural broadband a boost

Local satellite broadband wholesaler BayCity Communications’ retail division, Farmside, will be doubling the download speeds on all of its satellite based Rocket Broadband plans during July.

It will also remove the speed cap on its top plan enabling rural New Zealanders to connect at speeds of up to 4Mbps. The upgrade is free for all new and existing Rocket Broadband customers.

BayCity and Farmside’s managing director Tony Baird says in many rural areas this speed is not available through any other broadband provider.

“The announcement is a milestone for rural New Zealanders, particularly when considering the Government has committed over $1.5 billion to urban fibre roll out, but only $48 million to rural broadband.”

He adds that the decision to double speed plans is a result of growing subscriber numbers.

“It’s vital that we all have access to fast internet – country and city residents alike,” says Baird.

“By offering speeds comparable to our better-served urban cousins, Rocket Broadband can enable farmers, rural businesses and residents to meet the rising demands of internet including on-line video, large file sizes/emails and new business applications.”

The monthly charges for Rocket Broadband start from $49.95 for the Endeavour plan (up to 512Kbps download and 500MB monthly data cap), to $199.95 for the top Pioneer plan (up to 4Mbps download and 5GB monthly data cap) plus a satellite installation fee of $298.90.

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