The Government is seeking feedback on the design of Round 5A of the Mobile Black Spot Program.
Why we want your inputWe want to make sure Round 5A of the Mobile Black Spot Program continues to deliver high value outcomes for regional and remote Australia.
How you can voice your opinionYou can voice your opinion by providing a submission to this public consultation process. Submissions are due by 5pm, Friday 19 June 2020.
What will be the outcome of this consultation?Your submission will help inform the design of Round 5A of the Mobile Black Spot Program.
We are seeking input on the design of Round 5A of the Mobile Black Spot Program. The program funds telecommunications infrastructure to deliver new and improved coverage in regional and remote Australia. The Australian Government has committed $380 million over six rounds to the program.
The program objectives are to provide mobile telecommunications users in regional and remote Australia with:
- access to increased handheld and external antenna mobile coverage, and
- greater choice of mobile network.
The first five rounds of the program have been highly successful, funding 1,229 new mobile base stations. These base stations are delivering hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of new coverage to regional and remote Australia.
We are seeking stakeholder views on the design of the next round of the program, to identify opportunities and lessons learnt, so the program continues to deliver high value outcomes to regional and remote Australia.
Feedback will inform the design of the Round 5A program guidelines.
Telecommunications industry, all levels of government and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to make a submission to help inform the Government's consideration of possible program implementation methods.
Mobile Black Spot Program—Round 5A—Discussion paper
Published 21st Apr 2020
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The Government is seeking input from the telecommunications industry, all levels of government and other interested stakeholders on the design of the next round of the Mobile Black Spot Program (the MBSP), Round 5A.
Feedback received from the industry, community groups and individuals helped inform the draft grant opportunity guidelines for Round 5A.