Each year the Intelligent Community Forum searches the world for those communities that provide a model of economic and social development in the 21st Century using information and communications technology. The Top Seven for this year have just been announced – although unfortunately none of the nominated cities are from Australia (or indeed, from the […]
The World Bank’s lead ICT policy specialist Dr Tim Kelly has described investment in broadband infrastructure as a “no regrets” policy where even if the investment does not immediately deliver the direct benefits expected in terms of jobs and competitiveness, it will benefit the economy as a whole in terms of capacity-building, opportunity creation or […]
The NSW Government has announced that 40 homes in the Sydney suburb of Middleton Grange will be the first to experience life connected to the National Broadband Network thanks to a trial service being established in that suburb. The 40 homes are being connected using high speed fibre cabling and will have access to a […]
Australia’s media ownership laws have long been contentious, placing barriers on cross ownership of media and restricting (for better or worse, depending on your point of view) the reach that media companies can have across Australia’s population. It’s long been touted that these restrictions become meaningless in a broadband age, where a TV station for […]
If you wanted evidence of the rapid spread of the internet into the lives Australians, look no further than the figures recently released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Its report Household Use of Information Technology found that access to the internet at home between 1998 and 2008 increased by a factor of four from […]
Businesses of all sizes have not really gotten their heads around the NBN
There is a good chance that faster broadband can help us deal with some of the issues that we will have to face as Australia’s population ages.