Broadband for the Bush Forum V – 2016
Broadband for the Bush Forum V: Digital Journeys
Delegates at the fifth annual Forum of the Broadband for the Bush Alliance held in Brisbane 8 and 9 June 2016 identified improving availability and affordability of services, setting minimum service standards and guarantees, advancing digital literacy and empowerment as key priorities to bridge the digital divide between the bush and metropolitan areas. An Indigenous Focus Day, focusing on indigenous communities’ digital issues was held immediately prior to the Forum and the output of that day is incorporated into this communique.
The Forum called for the formulation of a Remote Telecommunications Strategy that identifies the unique characteristics faced by rural and remote people. Without the strategy to drive policy and inform those not attuned to rural and remote realities the result is a one-size-fit -all infrastructure and digital engagement framework the digital divide for the bush will expand.
Indigenous Focus Day 2016
The 3rd Indigenous Focus Day saw 64 delegates from around Australia Australia got together at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane on 7 June 2016, as part of the fifth annual Broadband for the Bush Forum. Over the course of the day, which was facilitated by Heron Lobon of Griffith Law School. READ MORE
Broadband for the Bush Forum V – Program