The Commonwealth seeks feedback on its $60 million Regional Connectivity Program, which forms part of the $220m regional digital connectivity package.
“The objective of the Regional Connectivity Program is to use a ‘place-based’ approach to target investment to provide economic opportunities and enable full participation in the digital economy for regional communities and businesses,” the Department of Communications and the Arts discussion paper said.
“This approach will focus on the priorities of a particular location, taking account of bespoke solutions rather than a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.”
The goal is to provide regional connectivity through mobile and broadband technologies, and complement the National Broadband Network, Mobile Black Spot Program, and the telecommunications industry’s commercial investment plans.
The discussion paper asks 13 questions, including should local government authorities, business organisations or industry groups be allowed to lead a bid for Regional Connectivity Program funding?