Kia Ora and welcome to 2014! I hope everyone had a good holiday season, I know I did.
I’m going to begin a regular post on here to keep everyone up-to-date on the progress as we blog, tweet, and facebook our way to becoming #GigatownNelson! If you haven’t heard about Gigatown Nelson or are not sure why it matters, I’ll try to help clear that up here, and I’m always willing to answer questions of course. If you’re already on-board and hashtagging away, let me be the first to say ‘Thank you!’, and keep on tweeting! Nelson can’t do this without everyone getting involved.
Whether you’ve heard of it last month or are just now hearing about it for the first time and wondering what Gigatown Nelson is, here’s the skinny: It’s a chance for Nelson to not only win Gigabit speed internet (that’s fast) at reduced cost, but to be the first town in NZ (actually the first town in the entire Southern hemisphere) to even have access to Gigabit internet. With everything moving to ‘the cloud’, the impact this could have on Nelson is simply enormous – not only for local businesses and the IT sector, but the education, arts, health & medical industries, pretty much everything you can imagine would benefit immensely from this.
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So you’re probably wondering how fast Gigabit internet access is – it’s fast. A Gigabit per second (1 Gb/s) is really, really fast. You’re probably already aware of the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) fibre-optic cable that Chorus has been installing all over Nelson (and most of NZ for that matter), well Gigabit is ten times faster than that and eighty times
faster than current DSL speeds! Did I mention fast?
The next question you have is probably wondering ‘Why is it important for Nelson to be Gigatown?’ Think ‘Silicon Valley of the Southern Hemisphere’ (or of NZ at the very least). High-speed internet access is of prime value to the tech industries, and many already established in NZ would likely relocate to the winning Gigatown to take advantage of that (Let’s bring Weta Workshop to Nelson!). Of course not only would Gigatown make Nelson the tech centre of NZ for the forseeable future, not to mention all of the secondary benefits that would come along with that, the whole of Nelson would benefit directly too. In the field of education, it could for example transform NMIT into the leading IT/Computer Science school in NZ. Other schools could up their own game with basically no-limits bandwidth for teachers and students – entire classrooms full of leading-edge technology. Local retailers and wholesalers would see a huge increase in efficiency. Artists and musicians could upload their wares to the web in no time flat, or even collaborate online in real-time. The potential for innovation that Gigabit internet speed could bring to Nelson is simply unimaginable.
Victory Village is a key community in Nelson and Nelson cannot do this without our involvement. Imagine Victory School with Gigabit internet. Gigabit public wi-fi in Victory Square. Presentations at the Victory Community Centre with Gigabit access.
The remaining point is how do we make this a reality. The competition is entirely social media based. The first thing you can do is go to the Chorus Gigatown website (click ‘Join Up‘) and that will give us 10 points just for doing that! Next start hashtagging, that is, leave comments using the hashtag #GigatownNelson or #GigatownNSN on the ‘official’ GigatownNelson blog and the Facebook page. You can also hashtag photos you upload to Flickr and Pinterest, and any posts or comments on verified Tumblrs. All hashtags on Twitter are counted too. I should note you don’t need to join up on Chorus’ Gigatown site in order to use the hashtags, but that alone is worth 10 hashtags!
Victory Village was awarded Community of the Year in 2010, and Nelson won Google’s eTown award in 2013. Working together we can make this happen – Victory Village and Nelson deserve nothing less!