A Pilot Implementation of Internet Access for Remote Aboriginal Communities in the “Top End” of Australia

Perry Morrison

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Abstract

Many international bodies and agencies such as the UNDP and the World Bank are embracing IT, telecommunications and the Internet in particular as promising vehicles for development of the least developed countries. Internet and related technologies are being investigated as more efficient mechanisms for delivery of government services, health care and civil administration in remote areas. The paper is an analysis of the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory (LGANT) Internet Pilot Project—a trial project funded under the Regional Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) to implement e-mail and Internet capabilities in four remote communities in the Northern Territory of Australia. The pilot is a precursor to a much larger proposal which aims to provide similar capabilities to 66 community government councils throughout the Northern Territory. The paper concludes that Internet and e-mail have an important future in remote areas of the Northern Territory and, more importantly, that community councils are an appropriate, resilient locus for their development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1781-1792
Number of pages12
JournalUrban Studies: an international journal for research in urban studies
Volume37
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2000

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