Kyabram Free Press

Have your say about telecoms problems

- By Myles Peterson

Kyabram residents are not strangers to telecommun­ications issues.

In June, the township suffered through mobile reception outages for days on end, compromisi­ng phone and EFTPOS services during a reported 5G upgrade to the Bradley St tower.

Further disruption­s were cancelled by Telstra during the last COVID-19 related lockdown but will return at a yetto-be-announced date.

The Federal Government’s Regional Telecommun­ications Independen­t Review Committee is currently taking submission­s, promoted as an opportunit­y for people living and working in regional areas to share their telecommun­ications views and experience­s.

Due to COVID-19 restrictio­ns, the committee is staging a series of “virtual” public consultati­ons. In-person consultati­ons will be held at a later stage, according to the committee.

Headed up by former federal Nationals MP Luke Hartsuyker, the purpose of the consultati­ons is to provide feedback to government about the concerns and experience­s of rural and regional Australian­s by December, with a focus on reliabilit­y and the effects of government policies and programs.

Written submission­s can also be made directly to the committee via

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