Rural Broadband Initiative Is A Rural Counterpart Of Ultra Fast Broadband
Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) is a rural counterpart of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB). The difference between them lies in the area of their deployment, i.e. Rural Broadband Initiative is a government initiative to provide high speed internet access to rural areas whereas Ultra-Fast Broadband provides high broadband speeds to the urban areas. Rural Broadband Initiative came into picture in the year 2009 and upon its completion in the year 2016; it will provide broadband to more than 250,000 households in the rural areas at prices which are comparable to the urban areas. This initiative is expected to provide high speeds of at least 5Mbps to around 86% of rural houses and businesses. Prior to this, only 20% of these rural houses and businesses had access to high speed internet of 5Mbps.
WHAT LED TO THIS INITIATIVE?
Although New Zealand is an extensively developed country but the population is widely spread throughout. The population density (people living per square kilometer) varies comprehensively from around 500 in urban areas to around 5 in rural areas. Approximately 78.5% of the population lives in urban regions. These people have access to good or fast internet access and with the Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative in place; the results are expected to get better. Another major part of New Zealand population lives in rural areas which constitutes 13.5% of the total population. This covers around 200,000 households or 585,000 people which do have…