Tuesday, 23 January 2018
MOBILE BLACK SPOT FUNDS DELIVER BETTER COVERAGE FOR GOULBURN
Member for Goulburn Pru Goward today announced three mobile base stations at Lost River, Peelwood Road and Rye Park have been switched on, extending mobile coverage for local businesses and residents in the electorate of Goulburn.
Ms Goward said the announcement demonstrated the NSW Government’s commitment to removing mobile black spots in regional NSW.
“The Mobile Black Spot Program aims to improve and extend coverage of high-quality mobile voice and wireless broadband services in rural and regional areas,” Ms Goward said.
“The three towers activated today will ensure residents and local businesses keep up with new technologies and will be able to access Telstra’s 3G and 4GX mobile data services for the first time.
“These new upgrades will provide critical infrastructure to support businesses, the community and local emergency services, and will make a real difference to the lives of those living in rural and regional areas,” she said.
The program has so far delivered over 50 of at least 180 new or upgraded mobile base stations in regional NSW.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro celebrated the news and said the NSW Government has already committed $39 million to the program, which is proving a success.
“It can be incredibly frustrating when a lack of phone coverage means you can’t keep in touch with family, friends or even operate your own business,” Mr Barilaro said.
“We all know that poor mobile coverage or slow internet can be simply crippling for people living in regional NSW.
“More and more communities across the state are being lifted out of blackspots and are able to carry on building their businesses and living their lives without worrying about network interruption.”