August 14, 2013

Coalition plan to improve mobile phone coverage

Yesterday the Coalition announced a $100m mobile blackspots ($20M) and network expansion ($80M) plan for regional, remote and outer metropolitan areas. The Coalition will pledge $80m for a network expansion program that will improve mobile phone coverage along major transport routes, in small communities and in locations prone to experiencing natural disasters… The Coalition will […]

August 6, 2013

Northern Australia discussion paper

Coalition Senator Ian MacDonald has just returned from a 3-week tour of northern and regional Australia presenting and discussing the Coalition’s 2030 Vision for Developing Northern Australia discussion paper.  Forums were held in Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Darwin, Kununurra, Broome, Karratha and Hughenden, and Mount Isa. Senator Macdonald said ‘the response was fantastic, with people from […]

June 27, 2013

Satellites and internet-enabled cows

Two interesting articles from the news this week Satellites to bring ‘fast, cheap’ internet to ‘under-connected The Age, 26/6/13 The first four of 12 satellites in a new constellation to provide affordable, high-speed internet to people in nearly 180 “under-connected” countries, were shot into space on Tuesday, the project’s developers said. The orbiters, part of […]

June 26, 2013

Indigenous Digital Inclusion

Telstra Indigenous Digital Inclusion: Stakeholder Consultation Summary Summary prepared by Daniel Featherstone (Indigenous Remote Communications Association) In March-April 2013, Telstra and Daymark Consulting undertook a series of stakeholder interviews with senior management representatives from 35 organisations (including IRCA) across the country to assess the barriers to digital inclusion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples […]