The continued rollout of improved infrastructure and assessment of regulatory frameworks feature in the government’s response to 2015 report.

23 February 2016
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Today the Government tabled its response to the 2015 Regional Telecommunications Review report. The report was the result of a review conducted by the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee, which proposed 12 recommendations to the government to improve telecommunications access in regional, rural and remote Australia.

The government's response highlighted the ongoing rollout of the national broadband network and the Mobile Black Spot Programme—two examples of work undertaken to improve access to telecommunications for those living outside of metropolitan areas.

High-speed broadband services continue to roll out across Australia, while those in regional and remote areas are looking forward to the launch of commercial services on the 'Sky Muster' satellite this year.

Under the Mobile Black Spot Programme, nearly 500 new or upgraded mobile base stations will be switched on over the next three years. This $100 million investment made under round 1 of the programme has been supplemented with a further $60 million for a second round which is currently underway.

The response also takes into account the important role played by the various regulations and frameworks in guiding the way in which telecommunications services are delivered. This will see the Productivity Commission undertake an inquiry into the future of the Universal Services Obligation (USO), while the government will examine the overall consumer safeguards framework.

The government response can be found at www.communications.gov.au/regional-telecommunications-review.