Publication Details

Tibben, W. (2009). A communications policy perspective on CTC sustainability in regional Australia: normative assumptions, commercial viability and social good. In L. Stillman, G. Johanson & R. French (Eds.), Communities in action: papers in community informatics (pp. 150-162). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


This paper investigates the influence of the normative assumptions that can be associated with the Community Technology Centers (CTCs) scheme in New South Wales, Australia during the period 2000-2005 (CTC@NSW). It does this by developing an analytical framework based on Australian communications policy to assess case study accounts of selected CTCs. In drawing conclusions about the normative assumptions that guided the implementation of the CTC@NSW scheme, the sufficiency of market based development strategies are questioned when challenging economic circumstances suggest the need for ongoing strategic assistance from government.