The impending introduction of a new Universal Service Obligation, aimed at improving regional telecoms delivery in Australia, has been welcomed by telco Optus and the peak body representing consumer interests in telecommunications, the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network.
The federal government has announced a programme of work to implement a new Universal Service Guarantee, which it says will ensure all Australians have access to voice and broadband services, regardless of where they live.
The much-criticised telecoms industry Universal Service Obligation (USO) finally looks set for the scrap heap, with the Productivity Commission recommending to the federal government that the programme be wound up by 2020.
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) says not enough has been done to get rid of mobile phone blackspots in rural and regional areas of the country and it wants the government to allocate more funding to help alleviate the problems.
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