MSE Research Project Database

The National Broadband Network (NBN) and domestic life

Project Leader: Martin Gibbs
Staff: Martin Gibbs
Collaborators: Michael Arnold, Bjorn Nansen, Rowan Wilkins (RMIT University), Jenny Kennedy (RMIT University)
Sponsors: Australian Research Council, Australian Communication Consumers Action Network (ACCAN), Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI)
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 domestic 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 focused on the temporal, social, technical, economic, and geographic variables involved.
This project is using perspectives developed in the research traditions of Science, Technology Studies and Human-Computer Interation. It would suit students with a social science background and an interested in information technology and its place in daily life.
Indicative publications:
Arnold, M., Apperley, T., Nansen, B., Wilken, R. and Gibbs, M. (2014). ‘Patchwork Network: Spectrum Politics, the Digital Home and Installation of the Australian National Broadband Network’. J. Choudrie and C. Middleton (eds) Management of Broadband Technology Innovation. Routledge, pp. 25-42. 
Kennedy, J., Arnold, M., Nansen, B., Wilken, R., and Gibbs, M. (2015) ‘Digital Housekeepers and Digital Expertise in the Networked Home’, Convergence. 21(4): 408–422.