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Australia - National Broadband Network - Municipal and Community Networks


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With the National Broadband Network slowly becoming a reality, cities, regions and communities are starting to become involved in developing strategies that will see them taking advantage of the social and economic benefits that the National Broadband Network can bring. It is therefore vitally important that communities take charge of the development of their knowledge-based environments. A proactive local government is a vital element in the deployment of broadband to the point where it can begin to deliver community benefits in education, healthcare, community services, job creation and export. Lack of infrastructure has so far led to very limited action taken either by state and local government in Australia, which is in stark contrast to events overseas. This report discusses the National Broadband Network agenda that communities should develop and the strategies that should flow from it. It is essential that local councils become actively involved in the National Broadband Network. The most active ones will most likely be among the first cabs off the rank where the National Broadband Network will be deployed.


1. Synopsis
2. Local councils need to be more active in NBN development - analysis
3. Case studies
3.1 The NBN for central Victoria
3.1.1 The region is NBN ready
3.1.2 Not telecoms but regional infrastructure
3.1.3 Regional NBN infrastructure
3.1.4 Council leadership
3.2 Wagga Wagga
3.3 Port Macquarie
3.4 Fibre revives Woodstock in central New South Wales
4. Trans-sector thinking and municipal broadband
4.1 Local government
4.2 What is trans-sector thinking?
5. The role of local councils
5.1 Infrastructure comes natural to local councils
5.2 Why should local government be involved?
6. Cities are taking charge
6.1 Introduction
7. How to get started
7.1 A city broadband agenda
7.2 The local community model
7.3 Framework for local government policies
7.4 Steering committees
7.5 Broadband education
8. Broadband development phases
8.1 Quality and affordability
8.2 The development of quality broadband demand
8.3 Industry is ready to deliver applications
9. City marketing
9.1 The concept of telemetric
9.2 Three strategic elements of telematica
10. Examples of tele-cities
11. Communities left behind because of NBN party politics (analysis)
12. Broadband speeding up local governments
13. Smart cities, buildings and communities (separate report)
14. Related reports
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 – Trans-sector benefits
Exhibit 2 – The social and economic benefits of broadband – case study
Exhibit 3 – Key broadbanding steps
Exhibit 4 – Some application bit rates

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