LITTLEPROUD CANNOT BLAME MOBILE NETWORK OPERATORS FOR GOVERNMENT’S OWN FAILURES

Mobile Network Operators have called into question comments made by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, after the Minister laid the blame squarely with industry for the Government’s lack of new funding for mobile black spots in the Federal Budget.

The Minister said that “CEOs admitted to me that they don’t see any viability in them going into another round… they don’t want to come and put their money on the table.”

Yet, it has been revealed all three MNOs are supportive of continuing the program, with Vodafone explicitly refuting the Minister’s claim. [Communications Day, 21 May 2018]

The Government’s regional MPs must accept it was the Government’s decision to abandon further rounds of the program and stop blaming Mobile Network Operators.

The message regional Australians can take away from the Federal Budget is that it’s all gotten too hard for the Liberal and National parties who appear to have given up on improving outcomes in regional communications.

It’s clear that with over 10,000 locations on the national mobile black spot register, the job is not yet done.  The Government cannot blame others for their own failures.