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In the wake of its legal action against the ACCC in support of a domestic roaming declaration, Vodafone Hutchison Australia has issued a call for its mobile users in regional Australia to lobby their local federal government MP.

Last month VHA issued proceedings in the Federal Court against the ACCC draft decision not to declare domestic mobile roaming, claiming that the review process was flawed.

In a blog on its site, VHA has asked readers to send a letter to their MP to free up funds from the USO for improved mobile coverage and to declare domestic roaming.

“One of these decisions could free up millions of dollars each year for improved mobile coverage and the other could further improve coverage and bring you a choice of mobile providers,” Tim McPhail, head of public policy at VHA, says.

“Reforms to the Universal Service Obligation (USO) scheme could free up funds for improved mobile coverage, rather than maintaining outdated copper wiring and payphones.

“Regulators will soon also determine whether to allow domestic mobile roaming, which would mean all mobile users could access a wider range of services and improved regional and rural mobile coverage at lower costs, as regional mobile infrastructure would be shared between all telecommunications providers.”

VHA has posted a form letter on its site for users to send to their MP:

Dear your federal member,

I am writing to you because I want you to fix the poor mobile coverage and lack of choice of providers in my community.

We need better regional mobile services and more competition to create jobs, drive growth and improve access for emergency services and community connectivity.

You can make a difference to our local community and my family’s life by supporting reforms including the introduction of domestic roaming and changing the USO to free up funds for improved mobile coverage and choice.

Better mobile coverage is urgently needed to improve the lives, businesses and safety of people living in regional communities like mine. It’s time for action.

Yours sincerely,

Your name


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