The Federal Government’s Broadband for Seniors program is now well underway, with 197 kiosks operational.
Implemented by NEC, in association with Learning Australia (ALA), the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) and the University of the Third Age Online, the aim of the program is to provide free broadband access for Australians 50 years and over. The kiosks will allow you to send and receive emails, swap files and photos and meet with other seniors who are venturing on to the internet for the first time.
Organisation can apply to host a kiosk, which includes two computers, internet connectivity and even desks and chairs. Kiosks are provided free of charge to successful organisations and after three years, the computers become the property of the hosting community organisation.
By 2011, it is expected that approximately 2000 kiosks will be operational throughout Australia, with training and workshops to help build your confidence using new technology provided as part of the program.
If you are an organisation that would like to apply to host a kiosk, or an individual who wishes to find their nearest kiosk, visit Broadband for Seniors.