Survey launched to identify telecoms issues

NSW Farmers has launched a telecoms survey to gather information from farmers to help represent their views to government on current issues including the National Broadband Network and mobile black spots.

The Federal Government is currently reviewing the NBN and has made a commitment of $100 million to fix mobile black spots across the country.

NSW Farmers telecommunications spokesperson Anthony Gibson said: “The survey provides an important snapshot of the telecommunication issues facing farming communities across NSW.”

“The information gathered will help us to represent farmers on improving access and pricing of mobile and internet services in rural and regional areas,” Mr Gibson said.

A similar survey conducted by the association in 2011 found that close to 80 percent of respondents had no or very little on-farm mobile coverage with 50 percent of respondents unhappy or very unhappy with their mobile coverage.

Mr Gibson said it would be interesting to see if, in the space of three years, there had been any improvement in telecommunication coverage or satisfaction.

To complete the survey, click here. The survey is open to all farmers across NSW.

Contact: Veneta Chapple

Phone: 0429 990 218

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