16 December, 2015
Peter Dutton has called for nominations of mobile black spot
locations in the electorate of Dickson to be submitted by December 31st
for consideration under Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme.
“The Commonwealth Government has committed $60 million which
will help provide new or upgraded mobile coverage in Dickson under Round 2 of
the Mobile Black Spot Programme,” Peter Dutton said. “I strongly encourage
residents of Dickson to nominate mobile black spots in the local area before
the deadline of December 31.”
Black spot nominations for Round 2 of the Programme can be
made online at www.communications.gov.au/blackspots
or emailed to Peter at email@example.com
“The Coalition Government understands the importance of
mobile coverage in regional and remote areas of Australia. The Coalition
invested $100 million under Round 1 of the programme which will see almost 500
new mobile base stations built nationally. This is the biggest one-time
increase in mobile coverage from a single funding programme in the history of
mobile telecommunications in Australia,” Mr Dutton said.
Locations nominated as mobile black spots by people living
in Dickson will be added to a national database. The database will be provided
to mobile operators as part of a competitive selection process, where operators
will be required to nominate sites where they would build new or upgraded base
stations to serve the black spot locations nominated by the public.
The Government will then select successful locations in
accordance with the ranking process set out in the Mobile Black Spot Programme
Round 2 guidelines, which will be issued publicly prior to the commencement of
the competitive selection process.
The competitive selection process is scheduled to begin in
early 2016, and the Government expects to be in a position to announce the
successful locations under Round 2 by the end of 2016.
Over 6,000 locations were nominated under Round 1 of the
programme, with Round 1 set to provide new or upgraded coverage to around 3,000
of the nominated black spots. Black spots which are not set to receive new or
upgraded coverage under Round 1 of the programme will remain in the database as
eligible locations for Round 2.
A map of mobile black spot locations and the locations which
will receive new or upgraded coverage under the Programme is available on the
National Map: http://nationalmap.gov.au/
For more information visit: https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/phone/mobile-services-and-coverage/mobile-black-spot-programme