Federal Election 2016: Government to announce extra $60m to fix mobile phone black spots

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will today announce $60 million in new funding for the Federal Government's mobile black spot program.

Mr Turnbull will make the announcement in the marginal Victorian seat of Corangamite, where locals have already nominated 166 points without coverage.

There are more than 6,000 mobile black spots across the country and regional communities were disappointed there was no new funding for the scheme in this year's budget.

The Coalition has already committed $160 million to fix at least 3,000 black spots and has been working with telecommunications companies to build or upgrade 499 new phone towers or base stations.

The extra commitment takes that figure to $220 million.

Mobile phone black spots are a huge problem for regional communities, who have warned poor coverage is a serious safety issue and hurts local businesses.

Stories of frustration include people not being able to receive PINs when they are doing online banking to farm accidents where injury or death might have been avoided had there been phone reception.

Regional communities have raised concerns it will take more deaths and injuries in country areas before governments take calls for more funding to fix mobile black spots seriously.

Labor is yet to announce its plan to fix mobile black spots.

Source: ABC News

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