The 2015 Regional Telecommunications Review Report to Government has been tabled in Parliament, looking at telecommunications access in regional, rural and remote Australia.
The report highlights the importance of mobile coverage in regional Australia, the potential to maximise benefits from the rollout of the nbn satellite and fixed wireless networks, and the need to develop consumer safeguards to support regional Australia.
The report makes 12 key recommendations, including:
People living in regional Australia rely heavily on telecommunications in their everyday lives and the Government will give careful consideration to the Committee’s recommendations before providing a response.
I thank the Chair, Deena Shiff, and Committee members Su McCluskey, Robin Eckermann and Georgie Somerset for their efforts in consulting with regional Australia and providing their recommendations to Government. I also thank everyone who contributed to the review by lodging a submission or meeting with the Committee.
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