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Mobile Black Spot Program Has More to Do

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Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey is encouraging locals to have their say on the design of the next round of the Government’s highly successful Mobile Black Spot Program.

To ensure the program continues to improve mobile coverage for regional communities, feedback from a broad regional audience is required, according to Ramsey.

The program has already funded 49 mobile base stations in Grey for regional communities, yet there is plenty more to do, with $46 million on the table for Round 5A and a further $80 million committed for Round 6.

“The Coalition Government understands the importance of connectivity to regional communities, so we’re getting on with the job of building more phone towers to deliver more coverage,” he said.

“The release of the discussion paper is a great opportunity for regional Australians to have their say on how the program can best deliver the mobile coverage they need into the future.”

“The Coalition Government is committed to delivering improved coverage and choice for Australians in regional and remote areas.”

Three main objectives for round 5A

  • Improve coverage in areas prone to natural disasters including bushfires;
  • Improve coverage along major regional and remote transport corridors; and to
  • Trial new technology solutions in areas where low population densities have discouraged applications in previous rounds.

The discussion paper is open for submissions until the 19th of June.

To have your say, click here.  

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