Mobile black spots must be fixed to improve safety, MP Tony Pasin says
Mobile phone reception must improve to ensure the safety of regional Australians, federal MP Tony Pasin has told parliament.
Mobile phones were the number-one piece of safety kit in the regions, he said in a speech on September 18, and people such as his father – who worked remotely, aged in his 70s – depended upon them.
"We worry incessantly about the fact that he works with heavy machinery, he takes risks he probably shouldn't and that, if something goes bad, he won't be able to lean into his pocket and make that phone call," Mr Pasin said.
"Whilst he's got his phone with him, it's rendered useless because of the lack of coverage in many of the areas where he farms.
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Call for residents to nominate worst black spots for mobile reception
Hawkesbury residents are being urged to nominate their most hated mobile blackspots across the region.
Macquarie MP Susan Templeman, said she has until Thursday, October 11 to submit a list of priority blackspots to be considered for the latest round of mobile blackspot funding.
"Anyone living or driving through the Hawkesbury will know there are large areas that suffer from poor to zero mobile reception," she said. "That's not just an inconvenience; it's a big problem when bushfires are a feature of every single summer, and when accidents occur on our roads.
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Quay group don’t want new phone tower
TELSTRA has proposed a new phone tower at The Quay Reserve, Torquay; an area used by sporting groups, surrounded by homes, an aged-care facility, child-care and schools.
Julie Fitzpatrick, an allied health professional, has lived within 150 metres of the proposed tower for 13 years.
She is versed in educating the public about potential environmental health issues and has reached out to other concerned residents.
A new Facebook group ‘The Quay versus Telstra Tower(s)’ has been established to keep residents informed of the associated health risks.
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Victoria to consider rejoining mobile blackspot program
VICTORIA will consider rejoining the Federal Government’s mobile blackspot program, after walking away from it nine months ago.
Victorian Minister for Innovation and Digital Economy Philip Dalidakis told The Weekly Times the state was willing to look at contributing to the federal program’s fourth round, “as long as they (the Federal Government) are using the program properly and not for political gain”.
“We withdrew from the federal program because it was being used as a pork-barrelling program,” he said.
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Where are the worst coverage areas on coast?
WITH the great divide so close to the coast here in Coffs we have all had the frustration of mobile calls dropping out or the blue wheel spinning endless on a web search.
To improve the mobile network and the Federal Government is planning the fourth round of funding for the Mobile Black Spot Program.
Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has urged Mid North Coast communities living with mobile 'Black Spots' to take advantage of an opportunity to bid for federal funding that could solve their problem.
Mr Hartsuyker said any community seeking support should contact his office before October 10.
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Inverell Council to nominate priority sites for mobile black spot funding
Mobile coverage for Copeton Dam remains a high priority for the Inverell Shire Council, assured mayor Paul Harmon on Monday.
A new tower at Fig Tree Hill, which would provide coverage for the entire valley, is the first of eight mobile black spots to be identified by the council as priority locations for the fourth round of the federal government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP).
Other priorities include the co-location of infrastructure on the White Rock Mountain and Gilgai towers, and new towers on Gragin Mountain, Graman, Bukkulla, Bonshaw (Hetherington’s site) and at the ‘Pines’ site.
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Telstra restates its NBN fixed wireless speeds
Scales back optimism.
Telstra has revealed a more conservative set of numbers for the speed of NBN fixed wireless services during the evening peak, six months after becoming the first telco to publish fixed wireless data.
The new set of numbers offer a less optimistic view of performance expectations for fixed wireless services during the busy evening hours.
Back in March, Telstra said that “around 50 percent of customers achieve [typical minimum] speeds greater than 5Mbps (download)” on NBN12 fixed wireless plans in the 7pm to 11pm evening peak.
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Call for the community to nominate mobile black spots
Members of the public are being encouraged by local politicians to identify and nominate mobile black spots for the next round of the $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
Round four of the program was announced in June this year with the Federal Government investing $25 million to eliminate further mobile black spots in regional Australia.
Federal members of Parliament and local councils can make submissions on behalf of their constituents to the national mobile black spot database.
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Federal Members to nominate what areas with mobile black spots should be funded next
If you're living in a mobile phone black spot area, now is the time to contact your Federal Member of Parliament about the issue.
The Federal Government is calling on mobile black spot nominations from Federal Members along with councils and state governments, to identify locations for the next round of the $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
Round 4 of the program was announced in June this year with the Coalition investing $25 million to eliminate mobile black spots in regional Australia.
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Telstra trials drones that can improve mobile coverage in emergencies
Telstra has used its annual conference in Melbourne to demonstrate the trials it's conducted with drones in the hope they could be used to aid in emergency situations in the future.
During Telstra Vantage in Melbourne this week, the telco uncovered its 'cell on wheels' (COW) drones, building on its mobile base stations it uses to temporarily improve mobile coverage in scenarios like natural disasters, where infrastructure has been damaged or where extra bandwidth is needed.
The drones are fitted with a mobile small cell to improve network coverage over a small area either through tethered backhaul by wiring a network cable directly to the drone from the ground, or through a wireless line of site extension from mobile tower.
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