Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, has welcomed the formation of the 2015 Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee (RTIRC) and will invite the committee to Indi.
The RTIRC will carry 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.
Ms McGowan congratulated Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher on the committee’s appointment yesterday.
“Mobile phone coverage and internet access are the biggest issues facing businesses and communities in Indi,” Ms McGowan said. “I’m pleased the Government recognises that inadequate telecommunications services are a major issue for regional Australia.”
The RTIRC is seeking feedback from the public to determine whether regional Australia has fair access to telecommunication services.
“Community consultation is a critical part of the committee’s responsibility to assess the telecommunications needs of people in rural and regional areas,” Ms McGowan said.
“Constituents are keen to be involved in the RTIRC public consultation process, and I urge the committee to hold public hearings in Indi.”
The RTIRC will soon call for public submissions and report to Government on their findings by 23 August 2015. Information is available at www.rtirc.gov.au.