8146.0.55.001 - Patterns of internet access in Australia, 2006
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/11/2007 First Issue
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Internet access doubles since 2001: ABS
Internet access in Australia has nearly doubled since 2001, according to an analysis of census information released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
In 2001, just over a third (35%) of homes across Australia had internet access; in 2006, that had grown to nearly two-thirds (63%).
Nationally, two-thirds (66%) of homes in major cities have internet access, compared to under half (42%) for very remote Australia. Broadband is used by 46% of homes in major cities and 24% in very remote Australia.
The Australian Capital Territory had the highest connection rate, with three-quarters (75%) of all homes connected and over half (53%) of these on broadband connections.
Similar rates were seen in New South Wales (63% total and 42% broadband), Victoria (63% and 42%), Queensland (64% and 41%) and Western Australia (65% and 41%). The lowest connection rate was in Tasmania, where 55% were connected and 28% were broadband.
The report also found that income and education were key factors influencing people's internet access:
More information can be found in Patterns of Internet Access in Australia(cat. no. 8146.0.55.001).
Media note - Broadband is defined as an 'always on' connection with a speed of 256 kbps or more.
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