Networking the Nation hands out $15m

The federal government has announced the latest round of funding from the Networking the Nation program, with $15 million allocated to some 50 programs.

This is the sixth round of the $250 million, five-year program established from the proceeds of the first, one-third sale of Telstra.

"These projects will have a significant impact on regional, rural and remote communities in terms of improved access availability and training in telecommunications services," said Senator Richard Alston, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the ArtsProjects supported in the latest funding round include:the Reach Out Bush Network in NSW which will receive $315,000 to build technology resources for young people in rural areas;Networking Yackandandah, and Goongerah Hall Telecommunications - two Victorian communities, receive $53,920 and $16,000 respectively, to provide public access to the InternetYorke District Videoconferencing Links in South Australia, which receives $179,000 to provide videoconferencing to the education sector, and broader community;The Career Planning Information System in Tasmania, which receives $174,000 to build online job services to the community;The Construction of Imago Modular Interactive Technology Environments (MITES) in WA, which receives $1.2 million to build telecommunications services for outback communitiesLandlink in the Northern Territory which receives $309,000 to provide training, advice and support for Internet users on remote properties and landholdings;Desertnet in Queensland, which receives $200,000 to provide public access to the Internet at the Boulia Library, including training.

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