Monday, September 10, 2012

Survey Shows NBN Will Not Bridge Digital Divide

A survey on the Internet in Australia from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) indicates that the digital divide in Australia will not be lessened by the avialbility of the NBN. Julian Thomas and Scott Ewing report that about four in ten households on less than $30,000 a year cannot afford broadband.As the NBN is designed to increase the speed of broadband access, not lower cost, this suggests it will not help these low income households.

Unfortunately, the CCI have only made their report available as a poorly formatted PDF document, thus not helping bridge the digital divide. I tried copying an excerpt from the report, but this produced a garbled mess due to the poor formatting.

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