Less than 8% of all reported mobile blackspots in Bass have been funded across three rounds of the Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.
Since the program’s inception, 76 black spots have been reported by locals across the electorate.
In the years since, 3 spots were funded in round one and three, while none received funding in round two of the program.
Across the three rounds of the program, 80% of the allocation went to Coalition seats.
There are over 10,000 on the public database. Only 40% have been funded.
Shadow Regional Communications Minister, Stephen Jones and Member for Bass, Ross Hart met with locals in Grindelwald today who have had continued struggles with their mobile coverage.
A recent ABC investigation found almost one in six of the towers funded in round one of the program are not yet operational.
Labor is calling on the Govern
ment to look at alternative technologies and mechanisms to extend coverage.
Labor has a strong track record of
investment in regional communications. In government, Labor invested $250 million Regional Backbone Blackspots Program (RBBP) to enhance the supply of backhaul infrastructure in priority regional locations.
Backhaul is an essential link in the mobile transmission network. Without this investment in backhaul, the Coalition’s mobile base stations would not have been able to connect to the network.