All regional and rural people understand the heartache of bad mobile coverage. We all know how frustrating it can be, and not just because it is inconvenient. We understand the fear of being caught with a flat tyre in a spot with no mobile reception. That danger is becoming less and less an issue as we hone in on the dark patches, and the deadline to be a part of the solution is fast approaching.
Round 2 nominations of mobile black spot locations will close on the 15 January 2016. An extra $60 million has been committed by the Commonwealth Government to fix this issue under the Mobile Black Spot Program, so make sure you have your say if there are black spots near you. The nomination process is quick and easy - you can find it here: www.communications.gov.au/blackspots.
The program is already proving to be very successful after Round 1 included the establishment of almost 500 base stations around the country to reach more remote areas. Over 6,000 locations were nominated in the first round and this upgrade will service 3,000 of them. Those which remain will be re-assessed again in round 2. In the history of Australian telecommunications we have never seen a program quite like this - the largest ever one-time growth in coverage yet due to a single funding program according to Mark Coulton, Federal Member for Parkes.
Locations receiving upgraded coverage are available at: http://nationalmap.gov.au/.
For more information please visit: https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/phone/mobile-services-and-coverage/mobile-black-spot-programme.