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The uproar against Telstra closing its Lismore call centre is having further ramifications with Lismore City Council (LCC) voting to review their reliance on Telstra for service provision.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Councillor Isaac Smith moved a motion (Crs Bennett, Schiebl and Meineke against) to hold a workshop to investigate council’s telecommunications strategy as its existing contract concludes in July 2013.

The reaction from sponsors who pulled advertising from shock-jock Alan Jones’s program was referred to by Cr Smith to indicate the power of the dollar.

‘What Alan Jones failed to realise was that in this day the only power we really have is the dollar and what we do with [it].’

Cr Smith said that the current contract is about to expire and that a workshop will assist council to become more aware of its telecommunications strategy and its efficiency.

Cr Gianpiero Battista questioned ‘how safe it would be to use another service provider as Telstra offered the best service rurally’.

Some mapping of the Lismore Local Government Area (LGA) has already been conducted via a consultant for LCC and it appears that Telstra services are far ahead of its competitors.

Mayor Dowell questioned whether LCC could ‘utilise other service providers who use Telstra networks to supply telecommunication services.’

The workshop will provide options for LCC but it appears from information available so far that Telstra will get their business either way.

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