Screaming for service.
Screaming for service.

Dingo residents are howling for service

IF YOU live in Dingo, you can't tune in to Friday night football.

And don't try to call your friend in Blackwater for the score or look it up on the internet because the service is shot there, too.

Service surrounding the small town has been a constant battle for residents for a long time and, as mobile phones struggle for enough bars to make a phone call, residents said they're worried a solution wasn't any closer.

Local of more than 35 years, Jenni Smith, said it was one of the biggest problems they faced.

"What happens if you have an accident on the highway?," she said. "We have no ambulance, no hospital, you can't just pick up your mobile and quickly get someone - it's terribly important. To me, this is a very important road junction, going to the north, east and west (but) the phones completely cut out."

Jenni used to live 18km outside Dingo but moved into town seven years ago.

 

"I don't get reception in my house," she said. "I have to go outside and walk 50m. I can't understand how in Clermont they put in a tower and I believe one in Bluff (too).

"Why can't we have one?"

 

A National Broadband Network review released last week, identified a demand for the service to more than 600,000 families, farms and businesses outside Australia's cities by 2021.

The fixed, wireless and satellite programs will cost up to $5.2 billion by 2021.

BNC executive officer Bill Morrow said a report to be released later this year would detail the problem areas and how these would be addressed.

Mr Morrow said all Australians should have the same access to high-speed broadband.

"...no matter where they live or work, so they can participate in the digital economy," he said.


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