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The Waimate "Community Wireless Trust" project

Regional towns across New Zealand could have access to fibre internet speeds because of a unique Waimate initiative.

The Community Wireless Trust uses existing fibre broadband connections in schools.

But it creates a second connection to a port and expands the network beyond the school.

The trust secured $15,000 from InternetNZ to go towards expanding fibre access to the Waimate district.

However, one of grant application's questions was whether there was an ability to duplicate the roll out process.

Trust operating manager and trustee Matt Hampton said this was not only possible, it was already in the trust's sights.

"It gives the ability for rural people to enjoy the same speeds as their city counterparts," Hampton said.

"The scope of the project is mammoth."

The government's Fast Broadband in Schools initiative meant most schools had access to faster internet speeds, which the trust could boost to extend the signal.

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