Poor mobile phone coverage? The Government is here to help!

North Queensland based Government Senator, Ian Macdonald is looking for feedback from communities in North Queensland having trouble with mobile phone services.

Senator Macdonald said that the Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, had initiated a series of consultations with local communities to help provide for better mobile phone services.

During the election the Government promised $80 million to improve mobile phone coverage and competition in small communities and in locations prone to natural disasters and a further $20 million for a mobile black spot program to address conspicuous coverage deficits.

The Government expects to leverage an additional $100 million in private investment from mobile phone carriers and associated telecommunications infrastructure providers.

To make sure the Government gets the funding rules right, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher is making himself available to meet with communities throughout North Queensland over the next five months to go into the detail of the problems and what is needed to fix them.

Its hoped that the funding criteria will be announced early next year so that applications can be assessed and new mobile phone base stations can begin operating.

Any community wanting to speak to the Parliamentary Secretary about a better mobile phone service, should contact my office in Townsville to make the necessary arrangements.

I welcome this initiative of the new Government which is designed to make sure that all Australians have good and equal access to the mobile phone network.

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