A new initiative from the Spark Foundation and 20/20 Trust through Te Roroa Learning Assistance and the Dargaville Public Library will help to bridge the digital divide.
The subsidised broadband initiative Spark Jump offers families with children up to the age of 18 with no current broadband, a modem and a wireless broadband connection, for $10 for 30GB.
This can be topped up at any time and is non-contractual.
Te Roroa Learning Assistance is collaborating with Dargaville Library to help families set up and manage their Spark Jump internet connections.
Manager of Te Roroa Learning Assistance Janet Te Rore, says Spark Jump will help close the skills gap between families who can afford home broadband and those who can’t.
“Access to the internet is critical to get our children better placed to do amazing things in school and later in life. We know that for some families, home broadband is not affordable and Spark Jump will help more children in Dargaville thrive,” says Janet.
General manager of Spark Foundation Lynne Le Gros says she is pleased to serve communities with a useful product like subsidised broadband.
“We’re excited to see more homes in Dargaville turn into digital learning environments to better prepare students for the digital world,” says Ms Le Gros.
Interested families in these areas should contact the library or Te Roroa Learning Assistance to enquire when Spark Jump sessions are being held.