Local, Independant and Effective
June 15, 2015
Contact: Simon Crase

Indi have your say on telecommunications

Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, is urging Indi residents to make a submission to the 2015 Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee (RTIRC) Issues Paper.

“Mobile phone coverage and internet access are two major issues facing businesses and communities in Indi,” Ms McGowan said.

The RTIRC is inviting submissions from the public on key telecommunications issues affecting people in regional and rural Australia. The Issues Paper is available online at the website. Submissions are due by Wednesday, 15 July 2015. For more information visit www.rtirc.gov.au, or email secretariat@rtirc.gov.au or phone 1800 064 851.

“Community consultation will be a vital part of the committee’s assessment of the telecommunications needs of people in rural and regional areas,” Ms McGowan said. “I strongly encourage constituents to tell their telecommunications experiences and views to the RTIRC.”

The RTIRC is carrying out the 2015 Regional Telecommunications Review to look at the adequacy of telecommunications services in regional Australia. This includes whether people in regional areas have fair access to telecommunications services in comparison to services available in urban areas. As part of the review, which is legislated to occur every three years, the RTIRC will consider the infrastructure and services in the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout and the Government’s $100 million Mobile Black Spot Programme.

The RTIRC will report their findings to Government by 23 August, 2015.


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