how to use the internet or the "national broadband network" as they like to call it.
- [This will help Australians] to work, get an education and receive healthcare from home are aimed at making the country one of the world's leading digital economies by 2020.
Federal broadband minister Stephen Conroy outlined at a major technology conference in Sydney his vision for the kind of country Australia could be in nine years time on the back of the roll-out of the $36 billion NBN.
....Senator Conroy said Australians had once watched the film Minority Report and thought they would never see many of the advanced technologies portrayed in the 2002 US whodunit science fiction film.
"It's already here," he said. "This is coming faster than we think and the job is for all of us to work with the community, work with industry, community groups, not for profits ... and to begin what is a massive job of education."
"The hubs will help the residents gain the skills needed to best use the NBN," Conry says. They will also spend $12.4m for small businesses and non-profits around the first communities that are connected "to best use the network."
$5.5m will go to regional areas access healthcare through "telehealth" services. I hope this is not another dodgy FuelWatch website.
WTF? We all have been using the net for close on 20 years, and now a government want to tell us how to use the net? Excellent use of taxpayer dosh, eh?