Broadband as Civic Infrastructure: The Australian Case

McShane, I 2014, 'Broadband as Civic Infrastructure: The Australian Case', Broadband Futures: Content, Connectivity and Control, vol. 151, pp. 127-136.


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Title Broadband as Civic Infrastructure: The Australian Case
Author(s) McShane, I
Year 2014
Journal name Broadband Futures: Content, Connectivity and Control
Volume number 151
Start page 127
End page 136
Total pages 10
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Abstract Australian municipal governments have lagged behind many of their international counterparts in local public broadband provision. However, by 2014 there are signs that the gap is closing, with significant new investment in public wi-fi by city governments across Australia. This article contextualises the current interest in public wi-fi by analysing international developments in municipal broadband and the spasmodic involvement of Australian local authorities in this field. We argue that the rhetoric of broadband as a 'fourth utility' unduly prioritises the role of higher governments in Australia, constraining a full exploration of how broadband might be imagined as a form of civic infrastructure.
Subject Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Urban Policy
Keyword(s) Wi-Fi
Municipal
Commons
Copyright notice © 2014 University of Queensland
ISSN 1329-878X
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