Australian Digital Economy Strategy unveiled

31 May 2011

Australian communications minister Stephen Conroy has outlined the country’s Digital Economy Strategy, a programme which aims to bolster broadband penetration ahead of the completion of the National Broadband Network (NBN). According to ZDNet Australia, Mr Conroy said that one of the key visions of the strategy is for Australia to be one of the top five OECD countries in terms of household broadband penetration, and in order to achieve this goal the minister announced that the state would invest AUD23.8 million (USD25.5 million) for a Digital Communities initiative. Under the scheme a digital hub will be deployed in each of the first 40 communities that are expected to be reached by the NBN rollout. Further, the government has also set aside a further AUD21.7 million over four years for an NBN-related education and skills service programme for interactive learning, while over the next three years around AUD12.4 million will be spent on a Digital Enterprises initiative to help SMBs get online.