The Government recently commenced the 2015 Regional Telecommunications Review – conducted every 3 years into the adequacy of telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia – with a Review Committee appointed in early May this year.
The Committee has now released an Issues Paper inviting submissions on key issues.
The Terms of Reference for the Committee include:
- consideration of the adequacy of telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia
- whether people in these areas have equitable access to telecommunications services that are significant to them, and are currently available in one or more parts of urban Australia.
Submissions will be accepted until Wednesday 15 July 2015 and are not limited to the questions raised in the Issues Paper – any other areas of comment are also welcome. Instructions on making a submission are available here.
The Committee has also indicated that it would welcome the opportunity to discuss the Issues Paper and the Review with ALGA or the state/territory associations. ALGA has undertaken to consult with state and territory associations to assist in identifying areas of concern for local government.