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Image of a calculator Telecommunication services are essential for ensuring public health and safety, promoting access to educational and employment opportunities as well as social inclusiveness. ACCAN’s Pre-Budget Submission 2019-20 identifies market gaps and provides recommendations on telecommunications initiatives that will benefit consumers including:

  • Measures to ensure affordable broadband and voice services for low income households so that No Australian is Left Offline;
  • The re-establishment of the Communications Fund to ensure that there is a long term funding mechanism for programs that require an enduring commitment:
    • Ongoing investment in regional mobile infrastructure; and
    • A comprehensive Indigenous Digital Inclusion Strategy
    • Accessible Telecoms – an information and referral service to assist Australians with accessibility needs to get the right phone for them;
  • The introduction of Audio Description services for Australian television.

 

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