Technology is taking off with free access to broadband internet services now available at the Waimate District Library.
It is part of the Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa (ANPK) - a national strategic framework aimed at using technologies to deliver content and services anytime, anywhere.
Senior librarian Tony Morton said farmers in may areas had experienced benefits from using the network.
"Access to quality broadband is a problem in our region, preventing farmers from taking advantage of business opportunities, information and networking; more and more of which is occurring online.
"The reliable, fast internet connection provided by the People's Network has supported farmers to communicate with organisations like Fonterra, access online information and services, and participate in networking opportunities that ensure their farming practice is informed and up to date."
Mr Morton said the network had made life easier for people.
"The communities are able to do things that they could not do before such as applying for jobs online, researching family histories, finding information and social networking."
ANPK was initially funded by the community partnership fund of government's digital strategy and the National Library of New Zealand.
Local authorities contribute toward the operation of the service but with the majority of funding still provided by the National Library.
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