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University of Southern Queensland shows benefits of digital connectivity for remote and rural communities


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Internet access can do a lot to improve quality of life.

Internet access can do a lot to improve quality of life.

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Research shows benefits to connecting remote and rural communities

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DIGITAL connectivity improves your quality of life. Research conducted by the University of Southern Queensland showed a digital connection is increasingly crucial to service delivery, economic development and quality life in remote and rural Australia. 

This supports research conducted by the Australian Farm Institute, which indicated a 25-per-cent increase in the gross productivity of farming outputs could be achieved through the adoption of digital technologies. 

The USQ research follows a 2015 landmark agreement, where the Barcoo and Diamantina Shires successfully lobbied to have fibre optic cable and mobile coverage connected to the remote communities of Birdsville, Bedourie, Jundah, Stonehenge and Windorah.

Populations outside the communities remained on Skymuster satellite access.

USQ, project leader, Professor Jim Cavaye said residents involved in farming, business, police, council and schools were interviewed. 

“The results collected will help inform other initiatives.”

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