Govt calls for details on bad mobile phone reception

THE Federal Government is asking for residents in areas which suffer poor mobile service to tell them so.

The Mobile Coverage Program is an initiative on behalf of the Liberal National Party, seeking to rectify issues with mobile phone coverage in regional and rural areas.

Areas prone to natural disasters are among the list of high priority regions for the $100 million in funding.

>> Boyne Valley feels let down after mobile phone signal still poor

Communications in the Flynn electorate are a major concern for local MP Ken O'Dowd, who said he'd welcome assistance to improve mobile coverage in the Boyne Valley.

"Inadequate mobile phone coverage is a significant concern for regional communities. Lives can literally depend on accessing mobile phone networks in emergencies," Mr O'Dowd said.

"Expanding mobile phone coverage has clear benefits to public safety - as well as to the productive capacity of regional communities."

The Department of Communications told The Observer that Paul Fletcher, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Communications Minister, would visit the Flynn electorate in the first half of 2014, and the Boyne Valley was expected to feature as part of the tour.

The Department of Communications office also said that to be considered for the funding, a submission must be lodged to the Department by February 28.

No submissions had been received by the Department in regards to the Flynn electorate at time of publication.

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FAST FACTS:

  • Submissions can be made via email or post
  • Download the cover sheet from the Department of Communications website
  • Email to: mobilecoverage@communications.gov.au
  • Or post to: The Manager Mobile Coverage Program Department of Communications, GPO Box 2154, Canberra, ACT 2615
  • Deadline is 5pm on February 28


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