Parkes Shire Council is encouraging residents to have their say on regional telecommunications as part of the Federal Government's 2021 Regional Telecommunications review.

The Regional Telecommunications Review is an opportunity for people living and working in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia to share their views and experiences using telecommunications in their local area.

The short survey includes questions regarding barriers and challenges, reliability, affordability and regional connectivity in our local telecommunications.

The survey will help determine the impact of the Government's policies and programs for improving connectivity, insights from COVID-19 on consumer access to and usage of broadband and mobile technology, emerging technologies that could lead to significant changes and the service reliability and impacts on customers and communities in regional and remote areas.

Mayor of Parkes Shire Cr Ken Keith OAM said, "Community members are strongly encouraged to take the short survey to provide your comments on our local connectivity and telecommunications as the report is important in setting the regional communications policy and agenda in the following years. You can take the survey by visiting www.infrastructure.gov.au/have-you-say/2021-regional-telecommunications-review.

"The majority of our community members and businesses owners have experienced internet and communication challenges when working from home and or home-schooling throughout the current pandemic. Now is the perfect time to provide your feedback and insights to help support the future of regional connectivity," added Cr Keith.

Whilst you can make an individual submission via the link above, you can also visit Your Say Parkes to share your experiences via the mapping tool and survey. Council will be coordinating the community's experiences received via Your Say to develop a submission on behalf of the community.

Head on over to www.yoursay.parkes.nsw.gov.au now to have your say. Feedback closes on Monday 27 September at 5pm.

The Federal Government Committee undertaking the survey must prepare a report for review by 31 December 2021 or earlier and present it to the Minister for Regional Communications.