Journal article

ASYNCHRONOUS SPEEDS: DISENTANGLING THE DISCOURSE OF 'HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND' IN RELATION TO AUSTRALIA'S NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK

Marcos P Dias, Michael Arnold, Martin Gibbs, Bjorn Nansen, Rowan Wilken

Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources | UNIV QUEENSLAND PRESS | Published : 2014

Abstract

This article analyses the substantive problems related to the term 'high-speed broadband' in relation to the implementation of Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN). It argues that an understanding of speed in relation to broadband must take into account a complex assemblage of infrastructure networks, communication devices, software, location, user subjectivity and political input. Within this assemblage are varied definitions, discourses and materialities of speed that do not necessarily synchronise. Instead, speed is subject to asynchronous perceptions and implementations, which impact on the potential of the NBN. With the aim of contextualising and problematising the understanding..

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