Conroy announces $15.2 million for NBN training

Program designed to increase digital literacy and explain the benefits of connecting to the national network

The Australian government announced $15.2 million in funding to spur NBN adoption in communities around the country. The money will be spread among 36 communities to set up NBN training services under the Gillard Government’s digital hubs and digital enterprises program.

The successful applicants will operate 24 digital hubs and 20 digital enterprise programs, said the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. The hubs aim to enhance digital literacy and explain the benefits of the National Broadband Network (NBN) to people in local communities, while the digital enterprise programs will work with small businesses and non-profits “to develop their online presence and take full advantage of the NBN,” the department said.

“Residents and businesses in these communities will learn about the opportunities and benefits of fast, affordable and reliable broadband, as well as get training and advice about how they can use the NBN,” said Senator Stephen Conroy, minister for the broadband department. “Programs like these are important so that everyone can learn and gain confidence in the online opportunities made possible by the NBN.”

In all, the government has committed $23.6 million to the digital hubs and digital enterprises program to fund training services in 40 of the first communities to receive the NBN. “There are several communities where the grant funding process is continuing and announcements regarding these communities will be made due course,” the department said.

The government has stepped up NBN education efforts after public criticisms about an information gap.

A complete list of funding recipients is available on the department’s website.

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PG

1

Another propaganda stunt by a government that is desperate to sell its white elephant. Those that need to be educated are the senators and MPs within their own party.

gnome

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@1 PG - And if there had been no funding provided for these education programs, you would have whinged that 'nothing was being done to inform us about NBN'.

You really should at least try to be original and relevant with your comments if you want to be taken seriously.

Francis Young

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+1 gnome.
The NBN is costing the taxpayer nothing because of its off-budget project funding and repayment model.

But it enables vast savings to households, businesses and government programs if its capabilities are utilised.

The failure of the government to educate the population on the NBN has allowed the coalition's mischief to gain traction in some quarters. Despite this, even coalition supporters are evenly divided for (44%) and against (43%) the NBN according to recent Neilsen polling.

It costs a tiny fraction to deliver a government transaction with a person online compared to face to face or by phone, and polling consistently reveals a figure of 80% of people do want to do all of their government business online in their own time. Having a third of the population with no or sub-ADSL1 broadband severely limits the cost savings to the public purse outside the cities. My point is that the cost of public education in the NBN will be massively recouped from reduced costs in service delivery across all government services.

This education has been demanded for a long time, PG, and will help to correct Malcolm Turnbull's many myths about the NBN.

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