Kingston switches on

GRANT BRYANT
Last updated 15:02 28/01/2014
Kingston internet access
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At the switch-on ceremony marking vastly improved internet access in Kingston are, from left Chorus industry relations manager Gerard Linstrom, Kingston librarian George Munro, Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Vanessa van Uden and Kingston resident Susan Shangle.

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Kingston's public library was jampacked yesterday with townspeople eager to see faster internet access come to the town.

It was recently discovered that a fibre cable could be freed up to connect new broadband equipment installed at Kingston's exchange to the fibre network, while nearby Garston School received an upgrade as part of the Government's Rural Broadband Initiative.

Chorus industry relations manager Gerard Linstrom, who was at yesterday's "switch-on" ceremony, said the enthusiasm shown by the Kingston population showed there was no downside to the vastly improved internet speed.

"It's really heartening to see such enthusiasm and such a great turnout," he said.

"Even though it's pretty small, the Kingston library was packed to the gunnels with people keen to come along and be part of the ceremony that brings them a hugely improved internet service."

Kingston residents could now enjoy the same internet speeds as downtown Christchurch, Dunedin or Invercargill, and the opportunities that came with fast connectivity, Mr Linstrom said.

"It means people may have the opportunity to work from home, use cloud services and stream video. The owner of one of the local cafes said he would now be able to offer customers free wi-fi, and that shows immediate change that will make an immediate positive difference."

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