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Remote rural broadband bidders confirmed

Chorus and Network Tasman have been named as the successful bidders in the government's remote rural broadband contract worth $14.4 million.

Chorus and Network Tasman have been named as the successful bidders in the government's remote rural broadband contract worth $14.4 million.

They will deploy fibre to 193 provincial schools, 183 rural public libraries, 37 rural hospitals and 10 health centres.

Meanwhile, Inspire.net, Gisborne.net and Araneo have been charged with connecting 57 remote schools and their surrounding communities with fast wireless broadband, including in Haast, Stewart Island and Great Barrier Island.

Communications and information technology minister Amy Adams says the announcement signals the second and final phase of the government's $300 million Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI).