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Subsidised broadband Spark Jump available for Kawerau families

posted Jan 31, 2017, 10:16 PM by Sam Gibson

Today Spark and the 20/20 Trust have announced that subsidised broadband is now available in Kawerau through local trust Te Aka Toitū and the Kawerau District Library.

Spark Jump is an initiative for social change so that more children around New Zealand can use the internet at home to learn and thrive in the modern digital world. Families with school-aged children receive a modem and a subsidised wireless broadband connection and pay $15 for 30GB with no fixed term contract.  

Spark Foundation works with community-based organisations like the 20/20 Trust to deliver wireless broadband in communities with low internet uptake. In Kawerau, the District Library has agreed to help families set up and manage their internet connections. Interested families should contact the library to find out when the next Spark Jump session is being held.

20/20 Trust is active in communities around the country and has played a key role in referring families to Spark Foundation to participate in the programme.

As learning goes digital, Laurence Zwimpfer National Operations Manager for 20/20 Trust says subsidised broadband will help children in Kawerau get online outside of classroom hours to do homework on laptops and chromebooks and keep up with the digital skills necessary for today.

"Access to the internet is critical in getting all our children better placed to succeed in school and later in life. We know that one of the challenges of getting home broadband is affordability and Spark Jump will help families in Kawerau open the door to the digital world for their children." says Zwimpfer.

General Manager of Spark Foundation Lynne Le Gros is pleased the partnership with 20/20 Trust is expanding the reach of Spark Jump to some of the most digitally disconnected communities around the country.

"The demand for Spark Jump shows there is a real need to serve communities around the country with a truly useful product like subsidised broadband. We're thrilled that Kawerau is the latest area for more households to get connected to the internet." says Ms. Le Gros.

Families can check if Spark Jump has a partner in their area by visiting sparkfoundation.org.nz/sparkjump or by contacting 20/20 Trust. Local community-based partner organisations identify and refer eligible customers to Spark.


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