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$150 million in funding available for regional connectivity infrastructure projects

Katya MinnsBroome Advertiser
A Telstra communications tower in Broome. The Regional Connectivity and Mobile Black Spot Program has granted up to $150 million to improve mobile and broadband coverage in regional, rural and First Nation communities.
Camera IconA Telstra communications tower in Broome. The Regional Connectivity and Mobile Black Spot Program has granted up to $150 million to improve mobile and broadband coverage in regional, rural and First Nation communities. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr/Broome Advertiser

The Federal Government has announced its latest round of funding is now available to licensed telecommunications carriers and relevant communications infrastructure owners for ‘place-based’ connectivity projects.

The Regional Connectivity and Mobile Black Spot Program has granted up to $150 million to improve mobile and broadband coverage in regional, rural and First Nation communities.

Consisting of two streams, $100m will go towards place-based solutions that deliver new or upgraded broadband and/or mobile services, and $50m to new handheld coverage across remote communities.

Member for Durack Melissa Price has encouraged telecommunications carriers and relevant parties across Durack to apply for the funding.

“I am very aware of the challenges my constituents in Durack face every day when it comes to mobile service capabilities,” she said.

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“I have always strongly advocated for improved infrastructure, and therefore better connectivity, in Durack.”

Applications for the current funding round close on Wednesday, May 31.

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