Black spot so­lu­tions

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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