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Ballarat International Foto Biennale « Previous | |Next »
October 2, 2009

I'm off to see the Ballarat International Foto Biennale this weekend. We decided early this morning to go. We are driving from Adelaide, leaving early this afternoon, staying just passed Horsham tonight. We will spend two days in Ballarat looking at the photographic exhibitions, then return to Adelaide on Monday via the Gampians, Penola and the Coorong looking for possible future photographic trips.

Posting will probably be nonexistent as wireless broadband is thin on the ground in Ballarat, and my 3G mobile broadband coverage does not include provincial cities such as Ballarat.

I gave up looking for free wireless hotspots in Ballarat. They are nonexistent from what I can gather., or you need local knowledge to discover them. So it was impossible to write about the exhibitions or the city during the day or evening.

What I infer from this is that the market has failed in the regions in providing equity of broadband service. I was puzzled as to why the city council and the state government had not moved to start wirelessing the city with a series of hotspots in public buildings.

This highlights the poor state of broadband coverage in Australia. It highlights how the primary reason for building the $43 billion National Broadband Network was to provide better connections to under-served areas (including large provincial cities) and would offer regional Australians economic and social benefits – from better education and health services to more jobs.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 3:03 PM |