Black spot solutions
IS your mobile phone coverage in the Douglas region driving you around the bend? The situation north of the Daintree River is the obvious candidate for improvement when it comes to mobile phone coverage. But time is running out for mobile phone users who want to make a submission to the federal government’s ‘‘black spot’’ project.
Submissions can be emailed or posted and must be with the Department of Communications by tomorrow, February 28.
The federal government has set aside $100 million for a Mobile Coverage Program to improve coverage, including in mobile black spots. The money is to be invested in telecommunications network infrastructure to improve both coverage of high quality terrestrial mobile voice and wireless broadband services in rural and remote Australia, and competition in the provision of these services. People living in rural and remote areas and entities such as local councils should ensure their local black spot or reception anomaly is known to the department, so that it may be included in one or both parts of the Mobile Coverage Program.
The $80 million Mobile Network Expansion Project is to improve mobile coverage along major transport routes, in small communities and in areas that are prone to experiencing natural disasters. Details about the program, including how to make a submission, can be found at www.communications.gov.au/ mobile