26th Sep 2012 9:55am | By Kevin Mann
In 1987 Wozniak quit Apple, just 12 years after co-founding it. Now he has his sights on transforming the way Australians connect to the Internet.
His aim to become a citizen is hand-in-hand with the National Broadband Network (NBN), telling the Financial Review it was one of the reasons he wants to become a citizen.
“I am… on the way to become an Australian citizen, that’s a little known fact,” he told station 4BC while waiting on line for the iPhone 5.
“It turns out that I get to keep my American citizenship,” he added.
“I intend, you know who knows what will follow through in the next five years, I intend to call myself an Australian and feel an Australian, and study the history and become, you know, as much of a real citizen here as I can.”
The £23.1 billion National Broadband Network is a government program targeted to connect all of Australia to high-speed Internet by 2021.
93 per cent of schools, businesses, and home will be connected via fibre optic networks. Those too remote for a physical link will have access to satellite and wireless connections.
The project is an effort to stimulate and transform Australia’s economy.
In comparison with California, where Wozniak currently lives, he said that a “political idea” to bring about this kind of thing in the United States was non-existent.
Wozniak said, “There’s only one set of wires to be on and I’m not going to pull strings to get them to do something special for me.”