Telco, NBN failures during bushfire crisis reveal cracks in regional, rural crisis coverage

Original article by Jess Davis
The New Daily – Page: Online : 14-Jan-20

Some areas of rural and regional Australia that were impacted during the bushfire crisis lost their mobile and NBN access. Telecommunications analyst Paul Budde says the fires should serve as a ‘wake-up call’ to the government, and that a national emergency telecommunications plan is required. Budde says telecommunications infrastructure needs to be buried underground, and that the old copper network should remain in place. Federal Communications Minister Paul Fletcher notes that no communications system can completely withstand bushfires.


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