High-Speed Broadband Access - Benefits

Innovation and creativity.

Innovation and creativity

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Availability of high-speed broadband has benefits at many levels including business and personal life, the environment, economy and governance.

Economic

Stimulates economic growth by providing:

  • new products and services that encourage innovation and creativity eg research tools, digital innovation and transformation
  • expanded resource and development capabilities, and viability
  • increased worker / machinery efficiency
  • more jobs in new industries, including the IT-related sector
  • access to bigger and new markets, higher quality goods and services, and decreased transaction costs
  • savings through energy efficiency, and flexible supply chains
  • better knowledge management tools.

Economic development increases tax revenues and wages, in turn stimulating more growth. The New Zealand Institute estimated that economic development impact from access to broadband would be up to $2.7 - 4.4 billion annually (September 2007).

Working from home.

Working from home.

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Environmental

Lowers carbon emissions by:

  • facilitating working from home, reducing congestion and traffic time
  • supporting advanced traffic control systems
  • enabling real-time public transport information systems and commuter convenience.

Improved public transport attracts higher passenger numbers, and reduces the number of cars on the road.

Better use of natural resources reduces environmental costs.

Working from home:

  • reduces travel costs and time
  • lessens stress
  • improves personal work / life balance.
Wellington students using the internet.

Wellington students using the internet.

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Educational

  • Increases learning opportunities
  • More flexibility for the learning process
  • Provides more research tools
  • Increases student-engagement and willingness to learn
  • Reduces education costs through online learning

Better educated young people are more productive, and can earn better salaries.

Health

  • Provides better access to medical records
  • Improved patient monitoring reduces admissions and emergencies
  • Offers more efficient diagnosis using new technologies
  • Improves preventative care
  • Increases in-home supported care
  • Improves access to remote diagnosis and consultation, and health training
  • Facilitates shorter, less complex surgery methods using new technologies
  • Reduces patient inconvenience and discomfort
  • Improves resources allocation, quality of products and services

Governance

  • Improves citizen and community engagement (especially for local government) through better consultation and communication
  • Promotes internal efficiency and effectiveness
  • Monitors management systems
  • Facilitates online elections, simplifying processes and encouraging greater participation
  • Better emergency systems

Media & Entertainment

  • Provides real-time access to international, national and local events
  • Improves digital audio and video quality
  • Wider access to entertainment, including online television, movies, music, live concerts, music swapping, online gaming

Other benefits include developing users' technology skills, better social and world connections, and greater employment prospects through contacts.

Cultural Well-being

  • Allows greater participation of disabled, elderly and youth in society
  • Helps preserve multicultural heritage and ethnicity
  • Reduces cost of professional training
  • Strengthens social identity, reduces social gaps, and is more inclusive

Social & Recreation

  • Improves community services
  • Offers better asset management
  • Provides better service in libraries
  • Increases recreational opportunities
  • Increases learning and research tools
  • Provides greater cultural exposure and experiences

More Information

Philippa Bowron
Senior Strategy Advisor

Phone: (04) 803 8530
Email: philippa.bowron@wcc.govt.nz