Gigatown bonus lifts chance of win

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 10:35 21/01/2014
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Marlborough has the chance to grab much-needed extra points in the competition to win the fastest internet in Australasia, with bonus points being offered in a mini-Gigatown competition.

Gigatown promoter Jo Prigmore said Blenheim was sitting in 11th place, a major improvement from the end of last year when it was about 14th.

"We have leapt forward this year," Miss Prigmore said.

"We're now about 10,000 points ahead of Nelson."

The mini-competition starts at 10am on Thursday and goes until midnight on Tuesday next week.

The town who has the most people sign up in the five days will get a bonus 75,000 points, enough to take Blenheim into eighth place.

Blenheim needs to be in the top five by September to make it to the finals. "There is hope," Miss Prigmore said.

The town with the most new sign-ups will get 75,000 bonus points, with bonus points gifted to the top five towns. Towns that double their supporters will score an extra 25,000 points.

The national competition is run by telecommunications infrastructure company Chorus, and pits different towns against each other to get the most mentions on social media.

Chorus launched Gigatown in October last year, encouraging Kiwis around the world to earn points by registering for gigatown and using the hashtag #gigatownbln or #gigatownblenheim in individual posts on social media sites.

All homes in the winning town were likely to be offered a fibre-optic broadband connection with a download speed of 1Gbps for the same price that they would pay for an "entry-level" 30 megabit-per- second connection under the ultrafast broadband scheme.

A similar competition run in the United States was won by Chattanooga, which estimates 700 new jobs were created by businesses moving there to take advantage of the internet access.

To sign up go to gigatown.co.nz

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- The Marlborough Express

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