Thursday, 02 July 2009 13:07

Internet boost for remote indigenous communities

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Federal, state and territory governments have agreed on a program to improve internet access and provide basic computer training for remote indigenous communities.

The Federal government will contribute almost $A7 million to the program over four years, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, announced today.

"Improving public access to the internet in remote indigenous communities was a key recommendation of the Glasson Review of regional telecommunications and I am delighted that the Commonwealth, States and the Northern Territory have agreed to work together on this important initiative," said Conroy.

In addition to providing access, the agreement also provides for training in basic computer and internet skills.

Up to 120 communities may benefit from the initiative. The delivery of access and training services should start in early 2010.

"Internet access is an increasingly important tool for communication, education, and economic opportunity and it is important that Indigenous people in remote parts of Australia have access to these benefits," Conroy said.


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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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