Benefits of high-speed broadband for Australian households

This report approaches the task of analysing the household impacts of high-speed broadband in two ways. First it looks at potential benefits for the average household, based on national statistics and trends. Then it analyses 10 specific household scenarios that are affected by high-speed broadband. The structure of the report is as follows. Chapter 2 undertakes the quantified, monetised assessment of the potential benefits from broadband for an average household. This includes benefits from household uses like communications, e-commerce and online shopping, and the household benefits that flow from business use of IT, such as from telework and improved productivity. This effort converts benefits such as consumer welfare and time travel savings into monetary values so that benefits can be added and compared. Chapter 3 analyses 10 scenarios where a household’s circumstances are dramatically changed by broadband. The scenarios are a static comparison of two worlds (for simplicity, the people in the scenarios do not age). We quantify the financial, time saving and carbon emission impacts, both on an annual basis for the year in question, i.e. a snapshot of life at a point in time for those in the scenario, and where there are important impacts on others such as family members, employers and governments. These scenarios are not expected to be representative of the whole country but illustrate the gains in scenario form. We do not include every benefit for every household. We also analyse scenarios accordingly to geographic location. Chapter 4 provides some overall comments and conclusions following from our analysis.


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  • Pagination: 49p

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  • Accession Number: 01495552
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 9780642754523
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 17 2013 10:02AM