The Hume Region Digital Economy Strategy will be officially launched in the coming weeks. In this short vodcast, Dr Tim Williams discusses the key findings and some of the main recommendations. The Digital Economy Strategy is a technically informed report on the impact of the digital economy on the region, but also explores broader questions about the type of place and economy that we wish to have, and how we can we bring the necessary public and private partnering together to achieve these goals.
The strategy fits strongly into pre-existing regional collaboration across north-east Victoria, and seeks to develop Hume as a ‘smart region’ – connected, digitally empowered and innovative, with communities and enterprises at ease with the digital economy and ready for all challenges. strong, skilled, inclusive, and engaged. Access to high-speed broadband will provide regional communities with an opportunity to exploit the potential game-changing infrastructure of the NBN, and the wider digital environment. However, there will be challenges along the way: overcoming barriers to good telecommunications access, and ensuring that both businesses and communities have the skills and resources they need.
The target is to have all residents and businesses in the region online and comfortable about using digital technologies – aiming for a ‘fully networked community’ by 2017. In Tim’s words: “the digital is far too important to be left to the geeks!” For the full rundown on the key findings and recommendations, see the video below:
The following is a media release from NBNco on 8th November 2012:
The company building Australia’s National Broadband Network, NBN Co, today unveiled thenext local government areas where planning proposals will be lodged to deliver high-speed fixed wireless broadband.
Over the coming months, NBN Co and its design and construction partners will work with local governments to identify appropriate locations for fixed wireless network infrastructure in and around the Goulburn Valley and North East Victoria region.
NBN Co’s Community Relations Adviser, Tony Gibbs, said: “For decades, rural and regional Australia has been left behind when it comes to telecommunications.NBN Co’s plan to deliver high-speed broadband to every Australian premises using one of three technologies – fibre, fixed wireless and satellite – aims to change that.Subject to final planning and other approvals, the fixed wireless network plans to cover parts of six council areas (see list below) and it is expected facilities will start to be switched on in stages from late 2013 to 2015,¨ he said.
Mitchell Shire Council
Murrindindi Shire Council
Strathbogie Shire Council
Benalla Rural City Council
Greater Shepparton City Council
“This announcement is tremendous news for these regions, many of which currently have no access to high-speed broadband, or are confined to a limited service, such as dial-up or broadband over the mobile network. Fixed wireless aims to deliver speeds and services that city people take for granted. With services delivered over the NBN you can download movies in minutes, enjoy video calls with fewer drop outs, and get the whole family on line at once*, all at a price that is less than what you might think,” Mr Gibbs said.
NBN Co’s fixed wireless network is designed to offer internet service providers with wholesale access speeds of up to 12Mbps, with plans for higher speeds to become available in the future. Unlike a mobile broadband service, each fixed wireless facility is designed to serve a specific number of premises. It is expected that this will result in a more reliable and consistent service, because your speed will generally not be affected by the number of people moving
in and out of the area.