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The migration to incorporate a Tasmanian digital economy built on digital broadband infrastructure and using next generation digital technologies will be as significant to Tasmania as the changes which hydroelectricity brought to the State a century ago.

With smart grids, our power, water and transport utilities can be more efficient and more flexible. They will be able to respond to population movements, to conserve scarce resources, and to introduce carbon neutral technology. They will give consumers the information they need to help them change their habits.

With system-wide, integrated digital information systems, our hospitals, doctors and allied health workers, our schools and emergency services, will have better and more timely access to information about patients, students, and hazards.

With digital delivery technologies and ubiquitous fixed and mobile broadband, schools, hospitals and others can provide services remotely, across regional Tasmania, and into homes and businesses.

With digital monitoring and control systems, our farmers, manufacturers and other industries can be more efficient, more innovative, and more environmentally sustainable.

The applications for digital infrastructures and the benefits they promise Tasmania are many, including

  • tele-health in communities and home
  • connected classrooms
  • remote radiography
  • on-line learning
  • on-line transactions with government
  • reduced unnecessary travel through teleconferencing and teleworking
  • doctors, teachers and police in regional areas with full access to the systems, data, and knowledge which is located in the major regional centres
  • remote control of farm equipment, gates, water and power infrastructure
  • online monitoring of health, safety, weather, conditions
  • online access to Tasmanian art and culture

By 2014, Tasmania will have the world's best broadband infrastructure connecting every premises in Tasmania, as a result of the roll out of the National Broadband Network (NBN) some 200,000 Tasmanian premises will be connected to the NBN via optical fibre and the remaining premises will be connected via fixed terrestrial wireless links or satellite links.

As well as fixed broadband services, by 2014 mobile 4th generation (4G) broadband services should start to become available.

Most of all, to create value from this digital infrastructure and to make it viable, we need high digital literacy and participation across community, business and government.

By 2024, digital infrastructure should underpin our industries, services, and community life, as we fully participate in the digital economy.

This is the change which this Digital Futures Strategy is intended to promote.