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Hastie calls on residents to nominate black spots

21 Sep 2018
InTheNews

 The Member for Canning wants residents with poor phone coverage to nominate their area for a funding boost to improve coverage.

Member for Canning Andrew Hastie used a parliamentary speech to call for his constituents to nominate black spot locations in regards to mobile coverage.

Mr Hastie said residents in Canning were strongly encouraged to nominate mobile phone black spot locations in their area to help inform the rollout of the next round of the Coalition’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

To continue reading the article: click here. (coastlive.com.au)

Round four of mobile black spot funding open for suggestions

21 Sep 2018
InTheNews

Educational needs and emergency services, as well as areas experiencing high seasonal tourism demand, have been targeted as priority areas for the latest round of mobile black spot funding.

They’re a feature of the latest call for nominations for locations, made last week by federal regional services minister, Bridget McKenzie.

Better Internet for Rural Regional and Remote Australia spokewoman, Kristy Sparrow, welcomed the announcement that round four of the program, investing another $25 million in eliminating mobile black spots around Australia, was now open.

To continue reading the article: click here. (queenslandcountrylife.com.au)

‘Cancers, tumours’: Fears surround phone towers near homes

19 Sep 2018
InTheNews

There are concerns over health risks posed by new mobile phone towers being rolled out in residential areas in preparation for the launch of 5G.

With the new technology on its way, the federal government introduced legislation which allowed telecommunication companies the power to erect towers onto power poles without needing permission from local councils.

And given the electromagnetic field of a power pole device can reach up to 500 metres away, many are concerned about the potential health effects.

To continue reading the article: click here. (9news.com.au)

Telcos and its executives could face court over misleading advertisements

19 Sep 2018
InTheNews

The Australian consumer watchdog has warned telecommunications providers to keep their advertising clear and transparent or they could face court action.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chair Rod Sims said that "much higher" penalties are in play and executives who knowingly approve misleading advertisements could also face charges from the regulator.

ACCC started investigating Optus, Telstra and Vodafone's use of the word "unlimited" in their advertisements.

To continue reading the article: click here. (arnnet.com.au)

Wilsons Creek Telstra tower recommended for refusal

19 Sep 2018
TelstraNews

Byron Shire Council staff have recommended that a controversial application from Telstra to build a 4G mobile phone tower on Wilsons Creek Road be refused.

Wilsons Creek residents have been running a strong campaign against the tower, including launching a nationwide class action against Telstra, citing safety issues around electromagnetic radiation (EMR).

The DA proposed a mobile phone telecommunications facility including a 35-metre-high monopole, six antennae and ancillary equipment.

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Telstra applies for permit for 35 metre mobile tower at Gunns Plains

19 Sep 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra plans to install a new 35 metre 4G cell tower in Preston Road, Gunns Plains.

The telecommunications giant has applied to the Central Coast Council for a permit to build the new tower on land owned by RMS Australian Forest Assets Pty Ltd at 1810 Preston Road. 

Telstra says the main reason for the proposal is the federal and state government-funded mobile black spot program. 

To continue reading the article: click here. (theadvocate.com.au)

iPhone dual SIM is cool, but eSIM not activated until 'later this year'

17 Sep 2018
InTheNews

If you want to use two SIMs in your new iPhone XS, XS Max or XR, then unless you have a select Chinese model with two physical SIM slots, you'll need to wait for the eSIM to go live.

In Apple's keynote presentation this morning, which I keep repeating is an absolutely must-see event (as most keynotes from major companies actually end up being), Apple noted that China doesn't allow eSIMS, so the Chinese versions will have actual dual nano-SIM capability.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itwire.com)

ACCC boss warns telcos against 1.5Mbps 'unlimited' services

17 Sep 2018
InTheNews

Threatens huge fines.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken a dim view of mobile telcos' "unlimited" data services that came partially impaired by a 1.5Mbps speed limit.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims today warned telcos against trying to launch similar products in future, noting it had investigated Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

Telstra and Vodafone's data plans were structured with a set amount of data quota offered at uncontended speeds, which were then throttled to 1.5Mbps for the remainder of the billing cycle.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itnews.com.au)

Wimmera residents encouraged to report mobile blackspots for round four of National Mobile Black Spot Program

17 Sep 2018
InTheNews

WIMMERA residents experiencing mobile blackspot issues are encouraged to nominate locations for round four of the National Mobile Black Spot Program.

The federal government re-opened the mobile blackspot database last week for a four-week duration.

Residents are encouraged to make their coverage issues known to their local council and federal representatives.

To continue reading the article: click here. (araratadvertiser.com.au)

Letter | Black spots are on radar – and we have to keep them there

17 Sep 2018
InTheNews

I WOULD like to thank those who participated in a petition addressing the lack of mobile phone service in our area. The petition received over 110 written submissions by August 2, which is a great result.

The petition was presented to Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee on August 2 at Oberon Council Chambers in the presence of mayor Kathy Sajowitz and council's general manager Gary Wallace.

Prior to the petition, Oberon Council was campaigning for the eradication of mobile black spots at Black Springs, Gingkin Valley, Tuglow, Jaunter, Mozart and Burraga.

To continue reading the article: click here. (oberonreview.com.au)

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