David Cunliffe has announced Labour’s ICT Connectivity policy. The digital revolution presents huge economic opportunities for New Zealand, but too many New Zealanders are being left behind. One in five Kiwis doesn’t have regular access to the internet. That’s not good enough for the 21st Century.
The next Labour Government will put internet connectivity at the heart of its agenda. We will:
- Close the digital divide by improving access to broadband in the regions and in low-income communities through reviews of ultra-fast broadband, regional broadband initiatives and trialling new regional and urban connection pilots.
- Build a more connected economy by modernising telecommunications regulation so there is greater certainty and uptake for industry, businesses and consumers
- Protect Kiwis’ rights online by introducing a Digital Bill of Rights, upgrading our copyright laws and empowering digital citizenship.
“Labour has already announced it will close the digital divide in schools and will put ICT at the heart of our Economic Upgrade, which shows our commitment to a digital New Zealand.
“Only Labour can deliver the digital future New Zealand needs,” David Cunliffe said.
The full policy statement is here.