Local, Independant and Effective

Telecommunications

Government must work harder to ensure people can use mobile phones no matter where they are in Australia. Regional Australia needs fast internet to thrive, so every community needs to know when they are getting the NBN

To view my commitments to this area, please click here

Actions

  • Invited CEO of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), Ms Teresa Corbin, and ACCAN Director of Policy, Ms Una Lawrence, to Indi to meet with the Indi Telecommunications Action Group (ITAG) and facilitate 3 community forums (Oxley, Benalla and Beechworth) telecommunications and community advocacy.
  • Assisted constituents to make representations and report CyberCrimes and Scams.
  • Represented concerns to the Minister for Communications, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, regarding unwanted/nuisance calls.
  • Hosted a Friday Night Conversation in Wodonga with Mr Stephen Tinker, Telstra Area General Manager, to facilitate discussion around mobile coverage, the Mobile Black-Spot Programme, 4G X upgrades and internet in Indi.
  • Coordinated the listing of remaining mobile phone black-spots with local Government and community input via the Indi Telecommunications Action Group (ITAG).
  • Represented concerns to NBN Co & Telstra about streamlining the transition to NBN. On 1 February 2016 the Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, announced the Migration Assurance Policy (MAP) to support the transitioning of existing broadband and phone customers to the fixed-line national broadband network (NBN) by limiting the disruption during the switch-over
  • Formed a working group of local government representatives - the Indi Telecommunications Action Group - to lobby state and federal governments for investment in telecommunications

  • Contributed funding to a consultancy for the Indi Telecommunications Action Group to examine the Government's Mobile Black Spot Programme and assist councils to develop co-contribution packages for new mobile towers 
  • Asked the Government to ensure that old and unreliable landline phone and internet infrastructure, which many communities like Dartmouth rely on as their sole means of communication, will be properly maintained and upgraded in the years before the full NBN roll-out 
  • Hosted a meeting in Wangaratta with the Department of Communications, Telstra, Vodafone, Optus and the Indi Telecommunications Action Group to foster cooperation and to ensure local governments are able to maximise their chances of securing limited Mobile Black Spot Programme funding
  • Lobbied the Government to make use of the multi-billion dollar investment in NBN infrastructure in regional areas to improve mobile phone coverage