SafetyNet - A New Approach to Rural and Remote Communications

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John De Ridder
Robin Eckermann

Keywords

Rural, mobile, black spots, satellite, SafetyNet

Abstract

Rural and remote areas will continue to struggle to keep up with urban telecommunications despite the progress that has been made with initiatives such as the Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP) and the NBN fixed wireless and satellite. But, now a more radical approach is needed as we consider updating the Universal Service Obligation, public safety network options and mobile roaming. Instead of more expensive small gains at the margin, or a counterproductive roaming arrangements, we should take a large step forward by having the Commonwealth, States and MNOs work together.

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References

ACCC, October 2016 Domestic Roaming Declaration Inquiry

ACCC, May 2017 Draft Decision on Domestic Mobile Roaming

ANAO, 2016 Award of Funding Under the Mobile Black Spot Programme