As a member of the Broadband for the Bush Alliance (B4BA), ACCAN contributed to a response to the NT Government’s discussion paper, Towards a digital strategy for the NT. The paper clearly outlines many of the benefits of increased connectivity and ICT innovation for Territorians. However,  B4BA argues in its submission that in order to design and implement an effective digital strategy, current barriers to affordable, accessible, and reliable telecommunications services must be addressed.

Importantly, B4BA has recommended that the NT Government’s digital strategy should prioritise achieving basic levels of access for all Territorians. This would include providing reliable and affordable broadband internet in the 44 communities where it is not yet available, and mobile services in the 30 communities where there currently are none.

Overall, the submission stresses the key importance of closing the existing digital divide now, so that everyone can be included in a strategy for the future.

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