Rural farmers and grazers are digitally logged off: report

Farmers and grazers are more digitally disadvantaged in rural areas. Image by Max Pixel

Today, the Northern Australia Digital Connectivity Forum was launched in Cairns, Queensland, where the government, businesses, and researchers are looking to improve the communications infrastructure in Northern Australia. A new research from The Cairns Institute also showed Australian in remote and regional areas are behind its metropolitan counterparts in digital connectivity skills and infrastructure. The most disadvantaged sectors are farmers and grazers, having an extra challenge to abide the law when all the processes and applications are online.

The report recommends 11 steps to close the digital connectivity divide in Australia. However, the issue needs to be addressed so every Australian can access the digital world.

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