The Federal Government's database of communication black spots in the Northern Rivers.
The Federal Government's database of communication black spots in the Northern Rivers. Contributed.

Black spots to be scrubbed out across Northern Rivers

BLACK spots for communication in the Northern Rivers at best are frustrating, at worst could be fatal.

Nominations are currently being called for black spot locations in the electorate of Page to be submitted by December 31 for consideration under Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme.

“The Federal Government has committed $60 million which will help provide new or upgraded mobile coverage in Page under Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme,” Page MP Kevin Hogan said.

“I strongly encourage residents of Page to nominate mobile black spots in the local area before the deadline of December 31.”

Black spot nominations for Round 2 of the programme can be made online at www.communications.gov.au/blackspots or emailed to kevin.hogan.mp@aph.gov.au

“This is the biggest one-time increase in mobile coverage from a single funding programme in the history of mobile telecommunications in Australia,” Mr Hogan said. 

“Page did very well under the previous round of funding with an investment of more than $8 million for 11 new or upgraded base stations to fix 91 local blackspots, so I encourage everyone to nominated another mobile black spot to be fixed under Round 2.

The competitive selection process is scheduled to begin in early 2016, and the Government expects to be in a position to announce the successful locations under Round 2 by the end of 2016.

A map of mobile black spot locations and the locations which will receive new or upgraded coverage under the Programme is available on the National Map: http://nationalmap.gov.au/

For more information visit: https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/phone/mobile-services-and-coverage/mobile-black-spot-programme



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