"Some people have claimed that the increasing use of mobile phones means the USO isn't necessary any more, but we believe phone companies should still have an obligation to make sure everyone can connect - even in areas without great mobile reception. While the technology people use changes with time, the basic need to connect does not."
The Telstra executive added that changes in technology means that the USO should be updated "so that we always have the option to use the best technology to give customers the best connections possible, whether that's through fibre, copper or wireless."
Although the National Broadband Network might potentially be used to deliver the USO, it is not due to be completed until 2020, she added.
The deadline for submissions on the PC's USO issues paper is today.
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