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April 23, 2021

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While not everyone is convinced that full mobile coverage is necessary or desirable there are many people who would like to ensure their areas do receive more reliable coverage than they currently do.

If you are interested in communicating your experiences of mobile coverage there is an independent Regional Telecommunications Review being conducted that is looking at the your experiences and issues in relation to regional coverage.

Roger Graf from Fingal Head said that the coverage in their area is not acceptable and when ‘an emergency occurs up at the headland, people that have witnessed the emergency have tried to use their mobile phone without success and have speedily approached the shop, The Trading Post, to request 000 for immediate assistance.’

Fingal Head is becoming iconic due to social media and more international tourists are arriving, including cross-border tourism which “all” expect the 21st century of good communication which is not available within the peninsular,’ points out Roger.

The review is keen to hear from people who have poor or no signal strength, are unable to receive emergency texts for evacuation eg flooding or who need rapid response eg medical attention.

They are also interested in hearing about your ability to communicate for business and pleasure – do you need to walk or drive to an area where you can pick up mobile signal?

For more information visit the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review. Submissions can be made online until the close of business on Sunday August 5 on the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee website.


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1 COMMENT

  1. To live in what the government and telco’s call a ‘black spot’ highly likely means you will have less health emergencies because you won’t be suffering from the myriad of health issues, from insomnia, fatigue up to specific brain cancers causing death in our children and under 40’s at an escalating rate for those who live near a MPBS (microwave cell tower), and, if you do happen to have an emergency situation, no matter where you are, with or without cell reception, ANYONE can call 112 and they will be connected to 000 immediately and receive the help they need. A radiation information event will be held on the 4th August at3pm at St Johns Hall Mullumbimby , comprising experts not associated with the telco industry , all are welcome.

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