Business

Lucy Battersby

Lucy Battersby has covered trends, technology and telecommunications since joining The Age in 2008.

Funding for Australia's payphones is on the line

Time to scrap Telstra's $3 billion 'gravy train'

Telstra is likely to lose billions of dollars in funding over the next 20 years if the government backs a recommendation to scrap a requirement on the telco to provide "universal access" to telephone lines and payphones.

The federal government has contributed $160 million towards fixing mobile blackspots.

Vodafone blue over blackspots second round

Changing its game plan has paid off for Optus with the telco winning more than $25 million in the second round of public funding for new and upgraded mobile sites in regional and remote Australia.