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Evaluating the Economic and Social Impact of the National Broadband Network


Willson, PP and Marshall, PH and McCann, J, Evaluating the Economic and Social Impact of the National Broadband Network, Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Conference in Information Systems (ACIS 2009), 2-4 December 2009, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 796-806. ISBN 978-0-646-52570-9 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Governments the world over are developing policy and implementing broadband infrastructure for the purpose of improving access to and availability of broadband for businesses and citizenry based on assumptions that broadband infrastructure will return economic and social benefits. However, little research has been done that evaluates the impact of implementations of broadband infrastructure and/or the community benefit in access to broadband or indeed the potential disadvantage to communities that do not have adequate access to broadband. The Australian government has recently announced that Tasmania will be the first State to deploy the national broadband network (NBN) initiative. Consequently now is an ideal time to establish a baseline against which the economic and social impacts of the implementation in the state might be usefully measured and interpreted. This paper reviews academic and practitioner literature examining the social and economic impact of broadband and presents a proposed research framework for evaluating this important area within the Tasmanian and Australian context.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Broadband, IT infrastructure, regional development
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Distributed computing and systems software
Research Field:Service oriented computing
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Technological and organisational innovation
UTAS Author:Willson, PP (Dr Phyllis Willson)
UTAS Author:Marshall, PH (Professor Peter Marshall)
ID Code:61217
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2010-03-01
Last Modified:2012-03-20
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