The patterns of competitiveness revealed by this theme are simple and consistent – the more remote and less populated an area is, the poorer its level of technological readiness and the more likely it is that the tyranny of distance remains in place.
Examples of innovative companies like Birds Nest and 365 Cups demonstrate that technology innovation can occur anywhere in Australia if our regions are technologically ready.
OUR GREATEST COMPETITIVE CHALLENGE – ENSURING REGIONS HAVE THE RESOURCES NECESSARY TO UTILISE THE NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK
Connecting regions to broadband is the great infrastructure project of the 21st century. Australia has a bipartisan commitment to investing in the improvement of technology access across regional Australia as a national priority.
However, technological readiness is more than just infrastructure; regions need local resources and expertise to build on their unique strengths and take advantage of the educational and commercial opportunities presented by the NBN.
[In]Sight emphasises how many of our regions struggle to compete and succeed because of poor technological readiness.