Get connected with Gigatown

STACEY KNOTT
Last updated 13:00 23/01/2014

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Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese is getting behind a competition she hopes will bring high-speed internet to Nelson.

A group of Nelsonians have banded together to run a social media campaign to win the competition, run by ultrafast broadband installer Chorus.

The competition is running throughout New Zealand and people can sign up and promote their town or city on Facebook and Twitter to win the highspeed internet for their town.

If Nelson wins, internet speeds will be about 80 times faster than an ADSL connection.

Mrs Reese encourages Nelsonians to get online this weekend and vote for Nelson, by using hashtag #gigatownnsn or #gigatownnelson.

Chorus will award one New Zealand town or city the internet connection and $200,000 to help take advantage of the winning prize.

This weekend Chorus is offering extra points in the competition with a bonus available for the town with the most new sign-ups.

She said she was excited about the opportunities Gigatown could offer Nelson and if the city won the competition it could benefit families and businesses.

"This kind of technology is essential for moving our city forward in the future. I think it's going to benefit Nelson across the board," she said.

"Nelson already has so much going for it. We're a creative, connected community and becoming the first town in New Zealand to have one gigabit per second broadband speeds will better connect us to each other and to the rest of the world.

"This is the weekend to help make #gigatownNelson climb in the rankings. I encourage everyone in Nelson to register on the Gigatown website. Find a way to get involved and stay involved. If we all make an individual effort, the whole community will benefit when we win."

Gigatown Nelson volunteer Kathryn Koopmanschap said the group had been visiting businesses in the region this week to ask them to sign up and vote for Nelson in the competition as well.

Gigatown Nelson volunteers will be canvassing Nelson this weekend to push for more votes. They will be at the Saturday market, and outside New World on Vanguard St tomorrow and Saturday.

Nelsonians can also vote at www.gigatown.co.nz. The extra points competition runs from 10am on Thursday to midnight on Tuesday - the town with the most new sign-ups earns a bonus of 75,000 points.

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- The Nelson Mail

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