[LINK] Regional Australia to benefit from e-commerce: report
Sat, 28 Oct 2000 02:31:37 +1100 (EST)
On Thu, 26 Oct 2000, Tony Barry wrote:
> >Regional Australia to benefit from e-commerce: report
> >The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator
> >Richard Alston, today officially launched the report, E-commerce Across
> >Australia, confirming that regional Australia is set to benefit significantly
> >from e-commerce over the coming two decades.
Link Institute comments on "Ecommerce Across Australia" paper.
Master Disillusionist, Prof Clearfeel stated "I think e-commerce is
very useful and pertinent to Regional Australia - if only they could
find a place to dial into". Prof Clearfeel, returning from the regional
town of Didjabringatinnyalong after attending the recent "Dialup Challenge"
was adamant that ecommerce would have a future once the locals can
keep their connections up long enough to load the vortal leading
to the disclaimer page that covered the order form.
Dialup Challenge Champion Norm Biltong from Wheelthebarrowback said
"I fell asleep waiting for the
first banner ad to load. I have one of these new 56k modems but my
Service Provider keeps telling me that I can only expect 2400 baud
even though I'm only ten kilometers from the Black Stump exchange".
"The judges woke me and said I'd won the Challenge since I was the
only one able to get a call through, thanks to line congestion."
"I wasn't actually able to do an e-commerce transaction, though" he said.
"I have only just applied for a credit card but they closed the local bank
last week and I have to get the details sent to Dubbo and back before I
can do anything more".
Prof Clearfeel said "The Dialup Challenge proves that Regional Australians
are (not that) far beyond other 3rd world countries when it comes to access
to the latest in Information Technology services". "Regional Australians have
got it sweet", said the Professor. "Regional Australians should be proud
that the Government is doing so much for them, unlike countries such as
Turkmenistan, which don't even have telephones yet".
The Minister for Communications and the Yarts was unavailable for
comment, as he was apparently outside the CDMA network umbrella and
didn't seem to be able to find his telecard.
Prof. Clearfeel returns to the capital tomorrow to explain to the
Senate Comittee on Regional access that WAP is a protocol not something
you do to the phone when you can't get through....
Rachel Polanskis University of Western Sydney, Nepean
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