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Sparks fly over mobile towers

06 May 2019
InTheNews

Election candidate Shelley Payne has taken aim at the Federal Government’s mobile black spot program, calling it a “huge let-down” for communities still waiting for connectivity.

However, MP Rick Wilson hit back at the claim, saying his electorate had benefited most from the project.

After three years extending mobile coverage to reception “black spots”, the Federal Government had finished 700 of its 867 promised towers across regional Australia.

O’Connor, which stretches from Manjimup to the South Australian border, was promised 85 towers over two rounds.

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

McKenzie fails to nail cut-and-paste claim

02 May 2019
InTheNews

AAP FactCheck Investigation: Did Labor 'cut and paste' the coalition's policy to fix regional black spots?

The Statement

Regional Services Minister Bridget McKenzie accuses Labor of blatantly "cut and pasting" the coalition's policy on upgrading regional communications.

May 1, 2019.

The Verdict

Misleading - The claim is mostly true but somewhat misleading.

The Analysis...

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Labor, Coalition connectivity promises not enough – rural health organisation

02 May 2019
InTheNews

The National Rural Health Alliance – Australia’s umbrella rural health group – has welcomed the major parties’ focus on rural, regional and remote connectivity for health’s sake, ahead of the Federal election.

Labor has promised $245 million to eradicate mobile black spots, improve digital literacy and fund local projects to improve connectivity in regional communities. The Coalition provided $220 million in the 2019-2020 Budget including $160m to fix mobile black spots, $60 million for a new regional connectivity program and a digital tech hub to improve digital literacy.

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

Telstra 4G speeds put it in global elite class: Opensignal

01 May 2019
TelstraNews

Telstra is still providing the fastest download and upload speeds across Australia's mobile networks, according to the latest report from mobile analytics company Opensignal.

Australia Mobile Network Experience Report: April 2019 scored Telstra at 41Mbps on average download speeds -- 46Mbps for 4G and 5.5Mbps for 3G -- followed by Optus' 36Mbps and Vodafone's 33Mbps.

"Australia has built some of the world's most powerful LTE networks," Opensignal said.

"Users of all three national operators had download speed experience scores greater than 30Mbps, but one operator, Telstra, managed to exceed the 40Mbps mark, putting it among an elite class of operators globally."

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A little service goes a long way

01 May 2019
InTheNews

PEOPLE harp on about the country-city divide all the time.

Granted, many issues that are close to rural hearts — rampant weeds, the right-to-farm debate, pest control, insulated power lines, mobile phone black spots, water entitlement — are not even a blip on city folks’ radar.

But, there are other matters on which urban dwellers strongly agree with their rural neighbours — and want to show solidarity.

Reader Sue Smith wrote to Farm last month to congratulate the Duckman, Greg Clarke, for shining light on one of those topics in his April column, Why Customers Fly the Coop.

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

Regional telecommunications silence criticised

01 May 2019
InTheNews

The Nationals deputy leader and Regional Services Minister Bridget McKenzie has criticised the Labor Party for still not having released a regional telecommunications policy, despite the federal election less than three weeks away.

Minister McKenzie said Labor did not understand regional Australia.and criticised the party for being "unable" to release their policy.

"No one living in regional or rural Australia should believe Labor when it comes to better communications," she said.

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

Mobile phone towers to be built at Mypolonga, Nildottie, Ettrick, Marama

01 May 2019
OptusNews

Mypolonga, Nildottie, Ettrick and Marama will get new mobile phone towers thanks to a federal and state mobile black spot program, Regional Services Minister Bridget McKenzie has announced.

The towers, among 22 to be built in South Australia, should be built during the second half of this year.

They will be jointly funded by the federal government, state government and Optus.

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

Federal election: Farrer candidates clash over mobile phone tower numbers

01 May 2019
InTheNews

LIBERAL MP Sussan Ley has moved to refute claims about the number of mobile phone towers in the Farrer electorate.

Independent candidate for Farrer Kevin Mack last week told Sunraysia Daily there were “14 mobile towers in the whole electorate” in reference to the mobile black spot program.

Ms Ley described the comments as “either a deliberate ploy to mislead or more evidence of being carefree with the truth”.

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Joyce phone tower: Second Mobile Black Spot Program tower in Balala plagued by problems

28 Apr 2019
TelstraNews

A SECOND phone tower spruiked by Member for New England Barnaby Joyce has been plagued by problems.

Switched on in October 2018, the federal government's Mobile Black Spot program tower at Balala has left residents hung up.

Wendy Westbrook has written to Mr Joyce a number of occasions to ask why the Telstra tower was not co-located with a Rural Fire Service tower at the top of a hill.

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

The Gap and Salmon Holes to get better coverage

28 Apr 2019
TelstraNews

Mobile and radio coverage along Albany’s treacherous coastline is set to improve with a new mobile tower planned to be built near The Gap.

The macrocell tower will provide coverage along Torndirrup National Park, including around the notorious fishing spot Salmon Holes, where 13 deaths have occurred in the past four decades.

Meanwhile, a Telstra Go Repeater has been installed at Salmon Holes beach to provide mobile coverage for first responders.

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