Developing an appropriate telecommunications strategy for remote Australia.

Developing an appropriate telecommunications strategy for remote Australia. Conference Paper

Australian Rangeland Society 18th Biennial Conference: Innovation in the Rangelands

  • Author(s): Kohen A,, Featherstone D,
  • Published: 2015
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society

Abstract: Access to reliable digital communication technology is the norm for most Australians. The exponential growth of smartphone use continues to revolutionise the way in which Australians conduct their personal and professional lives. Remote Australia, however, has not been able to fully engage and participate in the digital revolution because of a lack of adequate infrastructure, affordability issues and, for most, poor digital literacy. Unlocking the digital potential of the bush has the potential to ignite economic growth in remote areas, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. There is a need for government to better understand remote regions’ digital aspirations and priorities. The Broadband for the Bush Alliance (the Alliance) brings together organisations that seek to advance the digital capacity and capability of remote Australians. The Alliance believes that without a targeted, well-resourced, evidence-based strategy, remote Australians will be left to play ‘catch up’ with the rest of the world. The Alliance has developed a number of policy papers that can assist in the development of an appropriate telecommunications strategy. This paper presents how such a strategy should be developed and what it should encompass. It considers: 1. the expansion of mobile coverage; 2. getting digital infrastructure right; 3. smart ‘last mile’ solutions for small towns and communities; 4. affordable pricing for mobile calls in remote and rural Australia; 5. improved digital literacy; and 6. improving Indigenous ICT education programs.

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