Nominate a mobile black spot before time runs out

TIME IS running out for people to nominate locations for the Federal Government's $100 million Mobile Black Spot Programme.

Under the Mobile Black Spot Programme, the Federal Government will invest $100 million in telecommunications infrastructure to improve mobile coverage in regional, remote and outer metropolitan Australia.

The Mobile Black Spot Programme will improve mobile coverage along major transport routes, in small communities and in locations prone to experiencing natural disasters, as well as addressing unique mobile coverage problems such as areas with high seasonal demand.

Member for Page Kevin Hogan said final nominations of eligible black spots are due by 5pm on Friday (August 1).

"Shortly the Government will commence a competitive selection process to determine the locations to be funded under the program," Mr Hogan said.

"To be eligible for consideration a location must have been the subject of a nomination by a member of the public."

The Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher, who met with community groups in Page last year, has also met with more than 50 local communities in every state of Australia to gather community feedback on mobile coverage issues and to discuss how the program will operate.

"I want to thank the many thousands of individuals and community groups that have taken the time to let us know about how important mobile coverage is - whether it be for emergency response, natural disasters, education, tourism or other business communications," Mr Fletcher said.

The government will start a competitive selection process in the second half of this year, with a view to announcing the locations which have been selected for funding in the first half of 2015.

It is anticipated the first base stations funded under the program will begin to roll out in the second half of 2015.

Click here to nominate a black spot or here for more information.

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