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General News · 13th November 2016
Noba Anderson
Hello all

I just received a letter from Claire Trevena, our MLA, asking for feedback on our Cortes experiences with internet connectivity.

Especially if you are in business, or an educator, work in the tourism sector or your quality of life has been affected by the nature of our internet connectivity, please do send Claire and I a letter explaining.

Her letter is pasted here below for your consideration. Please respond by email to me at and copy Claire at

Many thanks, Noba

8th November, 2016

Noba Anderson, Area B Director
Strathcona Regional District

Dear Ms. Anderson

In my continued campaign to ensure that households and businesses across the North Island have access to true high speed, broadband internet I am putting together a profile of the constituency for government and the large internet providers.
I hope that having a constituency wide business case will assist in persuading both Ministers and
corporations for the need for 21st century level of connectivity.

I would be very appreciative of your assistance in this matter and wondered if you could share with me your experiences with the lack of access.

In particular I am interested in:
- The impact on individual business in your community - both existing and potential. For instance, what are the daily struggles businesses face by not having the speedy connection? Have new businesses have mentioned connectivity in their decision to either come, or not come, to your

- The impact on education - both in the classroom, for homework and for distance learning. Do your students have equity of access compared with those in the urban centres; how much reliance is there on connectivity for out of school projects? Are problems with connectivity affecting educational outcomes? How many people are doing, or have given up because of internet access, distance education?

- The impact on quality of life. Are people choosing to leave or choosing not to settle in community because of problems with connectivity? Are people losing access to benefits and programmes because of inability to connect?

- The impact on tourism. Are there any quantative reports on whether connectivity plays into tourists
choosing to come or not come to the North Island; have there been anecdotal reports?

I know that you are very busy but would very much appreciate if you could help in any way that you can.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
Claire Trevena, MLA
North Island