The National Broadband Network (NBN) and Domestic Life

Project Leader: Martin Gibbs
Staff: Martin Gibbs, Bjorn Nansen
Collaborators: Michael Arnold, Rowan Wilkins (Swinburne University)
Sponsors: Australian Research Council, Australian Communication Consumers Action Network (ACCAN), Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society
Primary Contact: Martin Gibbs (
Keywords: Internet
Disciplines: Computing and Information Systems
Domains: Networks and data in society

This project is performing an in-depth study of the appropriation of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Australian homes.
It will report on how the appropriation of the NBN influences daily life, varies geographically, and evolves over time. The NBN will have implications for all kinds of domestic consumption, communication, labour, entertainment, and leisure practices. Our research is critical if scholars, policy makers and industries are to understand the shifting possibilities and evolving dynamics of NBN technologies and services.
To better understand the located dynamics of domestic NBN appropriation, this project is sensitive to and focus on the temporal, social, technical, economic, and geographic variables involved.