The first item on the Digital Economy blog asked about broadband usage and adoption among other things, here are my thoughts.
I’m late to the game on this one, work got in the way!
There are many benefits the Australian people, Australian Industry and the Australian education sector can gain from having a strong digital infrastructure.
My biggest concern relates to the availability of access to broadband internet. A connection that will allow a user to engage with rich multimedia content, for example watching speeches, listening to interviews and reading commentary during the recent US elections requires significant by bandwidth and usage allowance.
Broadband internet prices are still prohibitive for a large proportion of the population. If someone signs up for a $10 a month ADSL plan that comes with 200MB downloads, according to the statisticians they have broadband access, yet with such a small data allowance they are not able to truely engage with the rich content available online.
I believe the NBN must address the issue and provide affordable fast broadband access with a usable data allowance to all Australians.