DCA calls for feedback on Regional Connectivity Programme
Australia’s Department of Communications and the Arts (DCA) has released a discussion paper which it says is designed to ‘help inform the design of the Regional Connectivity Programme, aimed at improving digital connectivity in regional Australia’. In a press release the government body said it was encouraging submissions from people in the telecommunications industry, all levels of government and other interested stakeholders, and it has set a deadline of 9 September for any feedback.
According to the DCA, the Regional Connectivity Programme will ‘tailor solutions to individual regions’ as part of the state’s AUD220 million (USD149 million) ‘Stronger Regional Digital Connectivity Package’. The programme forms part of the government’s response to the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review, which examined the communication needs of people living in rural and remote areas of the country.