Final days for mobile black spot complaints

FRUSTRATED mobile phone users have only a few days left to identify black spots as part of a federal government initiative.

Hundreds of communication black spots have already been identified across regional Victoria, with areas most in need of being linked into the mobile zone given priority once funds become available.

Communications parliamentary secretary Paul Fletcher said final nominations are due by Friday afternoon for the nationwide program.

He said $100 million will be spent in coming years across Australia to improve mobile coverage in rural and regional areas.

“Shortly we will commence a competitive selection process to determine the locations to be funded under the program,” Mr Fletcher said.

“To be eligible for consideration under the competitive selection process, a location must have been the subject of a nomination by a member of the public.”

Mr Fletcher has visited every state to gather community feedback on mobile coverage issues and to discuss how the program will operate.

The federal government will start a competitive selection process in the coming months. Final nominations can be made by emailing mobilecoverage@communications.gov.au

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