BIRRR Sky Muster Survey Results 2017

Hay, Rachel (2017) BIRRR Sky Muster Survey Results 2017. Report. James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Better Internet for Rural Regional and Remote Australians (BIRRR) began as a Facebook group (administered by volunteers) in 2014 whose aim was to provide information and support on telecommunications services to those living in rural, remote and regional areas.

The BIRRR Regional Internet Access Survey aimed to establish the state of the internet for people in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia, by collecting information about internet use in rural, regional, and remote Australia. The data will be used to work with stakeholders to improve bush broadband. The survey was distributed to approximately 6000 members of the BIRRR membership base.

The survey found that rural, regional and remote people are severely disadvantaged in terms of access, speeds, cost and reliability of their internet connections, whether they be via mobile broadband or via satellite.

This has a dramatic effect on rural, regional and remote people's business, the education of their children and themselves and on their personal well-being.

There needs to be an established service guarantee for internet services Australia wide - equitable in terms of speed, download capabilities and costs. If this does not occur, regional Australia will be left behind.

Item ID: 50856
Item Type: Report (Report)
ISBN: 978-0-9954470-0-4
Keywords: fix bush internet, Better Internet for Rural Regional Remote Australia, women in technology, skymuster
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This report is published under a Creative Commons License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/)

Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 01:30
FoR Codes: 10 TECHNOLOGY > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100502 Broadband and Modem Technology @ 20%
10 TECHNOLOGY > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100599 Communications Technologies not elsewhere classified @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160505 Economic Development Policy @ 40%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8901 Communication Networks and Services > 890103 Mobile Data Networks and Services @ 40%
89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8901 Communication Networks and Services > 890199 Communication Networks and Services not elsewhere classified @ 40%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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