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MOBILE BLACKSPOT ROUND 2 OPEN

Eric Hutchinson, Federal Member for Lyons has today called for nominations of mobile black spot locations in the electorate of Lyons to be submitted by December 31 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 Lyons under Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme. I strongly encourage residents of Lyons to nominate mobile black spots in the local area before the deadline of December 31” Mr Hutchinson said.

Black spot nominations for Round 2 of the Programme can be made online at www.communications.gov.au/blackspots or emailed to Mr Hutchinson at eric.hutchinson.mp@aph.gov.au.

“The Coalition Government understands the importance of mobile coverage in regional and remote areas of Australia. The Coalition invested $100 million under Round 1 and of that Lyons alone received more than $5.2 million. From round one, 50 unique locations and 15 different sections of roads and highways across the electorate are set to benefit.

“This is the biggest one-time increase in mobile coverage from a single funding programme in the history of mobile telecommunications in Australia,” Mr Hutchinson said.

Locations nominated by people living in Lyons will be added to a national database, to be provided to mobile operators as part of a competitive selection process, with operators required to nominate sites where they would build new or upgraded base stations to serve the 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.

Black spots that were not set to receive under round 1 will remain as eligible nominated locations

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
FEDERAL Lyons MP Eric Hutchinson

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