This year’s Regional Telecommunications Review will examine communication issues in regional, rural and remote areas across Australia.
It is hoped the review might prove to have a substantial impact for towns such as Strathmerton, which has been plagued by poor reception.
Murray Valley Hwy, heading towards Yarrawonga from Cobram, is also notoriously bad for phone reception.
The Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee is convened every three years.
As part of the review, the committee will:
●Consider how regional communities can maximise the economic benefits of digital technologies;
●Consider how regional consumers use their broadband services and how they might derive more benefits; and
●Analyse the coverage outcomes achieved through the Mobile Black Spot Program and examine the extent of the existing gaps in mobile coverage in regional Australia.
Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said communications in regional Victoria was one of the most important issues locals had.
‘‘Everyone who lives in regional Australia wants access to the best possible communication technology that is available,’’ Mr Drum said.
‘‘I often speak to locals who struggle to get mobile phone reception on the land, which in some instances can affect their business.
‘‘Along with the Mobile Black Spot Program, this review should create better communications for people in the country,’’ he said.
The committee will call for submissions and complete public consultations in regional and rural areas, with a report to government expected by the end of September.
●More information on the review and the terms of reference are available at www.rtirc.gov.au