New Zealand’s government says it is considering a plan to upgrade its telegraph network.
The government is working with a consortium of private companies to invest $3.3 million into the project, which it hopes will become a standard service for residents and businesses in the island nation.
The plan includes the construction of a new line that will run between the city of Wellington and the north-east coast.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the Te Reo in the capital Auckland on Tuesday that she wanted to ensure that the upgrade would not affect people’s ability to communicate.
“I’m trying to make sure that there’s no impact to the public, the people of Nashu,” Arderne said.
She said the government was open to working with other countries that have similar projects, but she would not say where they might be.
Ardernet said that the plan was being discussed in her country because of the “fantastic response” she received from Kiwis, including one who said he had “a really hard time talking to the government.”
New Zealanders have spoken out against the proposed upgrade, saying it would hurt rural communities and would increase costs for businesses and residents.
Ardern said the country needed to upgrade and make sure it was accessible for everyone.
The New Zealand Herald reported that the government had received more than 50,000 responses to the consultation and would provide updates as they came in.
The public is also invited to submit comments online.