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Data Costs Driving the Digital Divide in Queensland

by Cameron Sinclair •
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A survey of people working with vulnerable and low income Queenslanders has found that the high cost of data is the number one factor driving the digital divide between those who have access to the internet, and those that don’t.

A report by the McKell Institute, a Labor Party aligned think tank, outlines how a lack of internet access affects vulnerable and remote populations in Queensland. In particular, the digital divide had profound effect on children forced into home schooling arrangements by COVID 19 restrictions.

The report makes several recommendations, including that the Commonwealth introduce low cost NBN plans specifically for households receiving income support payments.

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Jurisdiction
  • QLD
Category
  • Telecommunications
Sector
  • Education
  • Human Services
  • Policy