Australians still prefer public NBN: study

 

Study finds five years of mostly negative media sentiment.

A team of researchers at the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University of Technology has found most Australians are still in favour of the national broadband network being an exercise in public enterprise, rather than private enterprise or a public-private partnership.

The research, first reported in The Conversation, found 60 percent of those surveyed agreed with the NBN being a public project, while just 10 percent disagreed.

The research was part of a larger qualitative and quantitative study of more than 2000 people that looked at public attitudes and perceptions of the NBN, as well as media bias on the project.

The researchers found media articles on the NBN over the past five years have been mostly negative, despite 64 percent of the Australians it surveyed feeling positive about the project.

In light of such coverage, many Australians remain unconvinced about the advantages of connecting to the NBN, with one in four not believing it would be of personal benefit.

The research found 49 percent of those surveyed were likely to connect when the NBN reached their area, 35 percent were unsure, and 17 percent were not likely to connect.

Writing in The Conversation, the study authors said those surveyed appeared to find it difficult to imagine how the NBN would change their lives, though the better the current internet service those surveyed had, the more likely they were to have a positive attitude to the NBN.

The researchers put forward 12 positive propositions on aspects of life that might change with the NBN, such as access to education or healthcare, but none attracted more than 16 percent support. The highest was ‘working from home’ which managed 15.7 percent support.

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.


Australians still prefer public NBN: study
 
 
 
Top Stories
How hard do you hack back?
[Blog post] Taking the offensive could have unintended consequences.
 
Five zero-cost ways to improve MySQL performance
How to easily boost MySQL throughput by up to 5x.
 
The big winners from Defence’s back-office IT refresh
Updated: The full list of subcontractors.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Which is the most prevalent cyber attack method your organisation faces?




   |   View results
Phishing and social engineering
  69%
 
Advanced persistent threats
  3%
 
Unpatched or unsupported software vulnerabilities
  11%
 
Denial of service attacks
  6%
 
Insider threats
  12%
TOTAL VOTES: 1023

Vote