The future of the internet economy : addressing challenges facing the implementation of the Australian national broadband network

Cradduck, Lucy Margaret (2011) The future of the internet economy : addressing challenges facing the implementation of the Australian national broadband network. Professional Doctorate thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Innovation is vital for the future of Australia.s internet economy. Innovations rely on businesses. ability to innovate. Businesses. ability to innovate relies on their employees. The more these individual end users engage in the internet economy, the better businesses. engagement will be. The less these individual end users engage, the less likely a business is to engage and innovate. This means, for the internet economy to function at its fullest potential, it is essential that individual Australians have the capacity to engage with it and participate in it. The Australian federal government is working to facilitate the internet economy through policies, legislation and practices that implement high-speed broadband. The National Broadband Network will be a vital tool for Australia.s internet economy. Its .chief importance¡® is that it will provide faster internet access speeds that will facilitate access to internet services and content. However, an appropriate infrastructure and internet speed is only part of the picture. As the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development identified, appropriate government policies are also needed to ensure that vital services are more accessible by consumers. The thesis identifies essential theories and principles underpinning the internet economy and from which the concept of connectedness is developed. Connectedness is defined as the ability of end users to connect with internet content and services, other individuals and organisations, and government. That is, their ability to operate in the internet economy. The NBN will be vital in ensuring connectedness into the future. What is not currently addressed by existing access regimes is how to facilitate end user access capacity and participation. The thesis concludes by making recommendations to the federal government as to what the governing principles of the Australian internet economy should include in order to enable individual end user access capacity.

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ID Code: 46636
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Supervisor: Fitzgerald, Anne & Fitzgerald, Brian
Additional Information: This thesis was published as "Individuals, Innovation, and the Internet : Why Access is Essential. Technology and Society. Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, Illinois."---Please see ePrints record:
Keywords: connectedness, cyberinfrastructure, broadband, digital divide, digital literacy, e-research infrastructure, high-speed broadband, innovation theory, internet, internet economy, NBN, National Broadband Network, network neutrality, open access, open government, political divide, physical divide, natural law theory
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 25 Oct 2011 04:54
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 14:43

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