New re­ports help bush in­ter­net

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

BET­TER In­ter­net for Ru­ral, Re­gional and Re­mote Aus­tralia has wel­comed the re­lease of two com­pre­hen­sive re­ports by the Fed­eral Govern­ment, aimed at im­prov­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in the bush.

The two re­ports, which cover the de­vel­op­ment of the Uni­ver­sal Ser­vice Guar­an­tee (USG) and the re­port by the Re­gional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions In­de­pen­dent Re­view Com­mit­tee (RTIRC), will make a real change to telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices in the bush if the rec­om­men­da­tions are adopted in full.

BIRRR co-founder Kristy Spar­row wel­comed the re­lease of the two re­ports and the prac­ti­cal rec­om­men­da­tions, but cau­tioned the govern­ment that BIRRR would con­tinue to nip at their heels to en­sure the rec­om­men­da­tions are put into prac­tice.

“While these re­ports are a good start to ac­knowl­edg­ing prob­lems and putting so­lu­tions on pa­per, the real proof of the pud­ding will be in see­ing prac­ti­cal steps un­der­taken to im­prove telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions out­comes.

“We are par­tic­u­larly pleased to see the RTIRC com­mit­tee rec­om­mend a dig­i­tal hub for re­gional com­mu­ni­ties to help sup­port and ad­vise re­gional Aus­tralians on how to get and stay con­nected, as well as pro­vide much needed dig­i­tal lit­er­acy skills to re­gional com­mu­ni­ties,” Mrs Spar­row said.

“We look for­ward to bring­ing bet­ter telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions to the bush.”

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