Broadband for Seniors roll out
The Australian Government today launched a $15 million initiative to get more seniors connected to family and friends through the internet.
Broadband for Seniors will establish up to 2,000 free internet kiosks over the next three years in community centres and clubs used by seniors. The kiosks will provide computers, internet connections and training.
The Government wants more older Australians to use the internet to stay in touch with family and friends and to access information and services.
Only one in five Australians over the age of 65 currently use the internet. Yet it is a great tool for learning more about personal interests, meeting new people, or staying in touch with friends and family.
Both pensioners and self-funded retirees will have access to the kiosks, which will be operated by NEC Australia in partnership with Adult Learning Australia, Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association, and the University of the Third Age Online.
The partnership harnesses the expertise of a national information technology company with national peak bodies for seniors.
NEC Australia Pty Ltd will supply the broadband network reach via its Nexstep ISP business as well as the information communication technology and connectivity for the kiosks.
The Adult Learning Sector will be responsible for developing the most appropriate training programs for seniors using the seniors’ internet kiosks.
This measure comes in addition to the increases to the Telephone Allowance to $132 a year for seniors with a home internet connection.
NEC will select appropriate sites to establish the kiosks and is calling on local community centres and organisations who are interested in hosting a kiosk or who already provide similar services to seniors to register their interest at Broadband for seniors website (www.necseniors.net.au).
For more information, please ring the NEC Broadband for Seniors hotline during business hours on 1300 795 897.