Broadband in the world: digital divide deepens in Australia

The research of the Swinburne University shows how the experience of not being connected is growing as a disadvantage

Broadband in the world: digital divide deepens in Australia

The National Broadband Network Co-chairman Harrison Young says too few Australians have access to reliable high-speed broadband.

Affordability of broadband and encouraging its use by people with low incomes is a major issue for the National Broadband Network, say researchers from Swinburne University who have been researching the digital divide.

The research, which is the third in a series running since 2007 for the World Internet Project, found five out of six Australians are online, but four in ten households earning less than $30,000 a year cannot afford broadband.

And as more people use the internet and more services become available, those who aren’t connected are at a greater disadvantage, said Swinburne University researcher Scott Ewing.

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