Telecommunications review launched in Peel

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Member for Canning Mr Andrew Hastie has welcomed the announcement of the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review, which will examine communication issues in regional, rural and remote areas.

Member for Canning Andrew Hastie said a nation-wide review would be conducted into service issued faced by residents outside of capital cities and ways the government can improve telecommunication services in the local community.

“I’ve spoken to many residents from across the Peel region about the telecommunications issues they face,” he said.

“My office frequently assists people with telecommunications issues. People want to see better mobile coverage in our region. This review is a great opportunity to voice our concerns, influence debate, and have a positive impact on the outcome.

The Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee will soon call for public submissions to gauge the severity of the issue. 

“I highly encourage all rural residents of the Peel region to participate ... especially those who are experiencing poor coverage,” Mr Hastie said. 

“The review will look at ways the government can improve telecommunication services in our local community.

“I will be following the review closely, and fighting to make sure our region gets the telecommunication services it needs."

Six members have been appointed to the Committee, and is expected to report to the government by the end of September 2018. 

The committee is convened every three years to examine regional telecommunication services in Australia. 

Minister for Regional Communications Senator Bridget McKenzie public submissions were a great opportunity for locals to have their say on how they use telecommunication services and the issues that affect them.

“As a regional Australian myself, I know how important it is to have access to 21st century communications. The Government recognises the benefits that improved connectivity can bring to the families, communities and businesses in our regions," she said.

 

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