Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Minister for Communications

Minister for the Arts

Manager of Government Business in the Senate

2015 Regional Telecommunications Review Report released

22 October 2015

The 2015 Regional Telecommunications Review Report to Government has been tabled in Parliament, looking at telecommunications access in regional, rural and remote Australia.

The report highlights the importance of mobile coverage in regional Australia, the potential to maximise benefits from the rollout of the nbn satellite and fixed wireless networks, and the need to develop consumer safeguards to support regional Australia.

The report makes 12 key recommendations, including:

  • improving the availability of mobile phone services, by attracting new investment and better leveraging existing infrastructure
  • establishing measures to ensure the nbn fixed wireless and satellite networks meet the demands of consumers into the future, and
  • ensuring the funding and delivery of universal service obligations and related standards remain appropriate as consumer preferences change.

People living in regional Australia rely heavily on telecommunications in their everyday lives and the Government will give careful consideration to the Committee's recommendations before providing a response.

I thank the Chair, Deena Shiff, and Committee members Su McCluskey, Robin Eckermann and Georgie Somerset for their efforts in consulting with regional Australia and providing their recommendations to Government. I also thank everyone who contributed to the review by lodging a submission or meeting with the Committee.

The full report and list of recommendations is available at: www.rtirc.gov.au

People can also email secretariat@rtirc.gov.au or call 1800 064 851 for more information.

Media contact: Luisa Anderson 0417 309 812 Luisa.anderson@communications.gov.au

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