In December, it was reported that the state’s government was considering changing its rules for telecommunications providers and has since taken the steps to implement the proposal.
While the plan is expected to be rolled out across Tasmania in the next couple of months, some are already concerned that the move could cause delays in services for people with disabilities.
A group of Tasmanians have taken to social media to say that the Government is ignoring people with a disability in its plans to move telecommunications providers out of Tasmania.
The group, who identify themselves as the Tasmanian Telecommunications Association, have called for an investigation into the proposed changes and to call on the Government to reverse its move to move the telecommunications industry out of the state.
In a blog post on Wednesday, the Tasmanians said that they are concerned that moving telecommunications providers from Tasmania could cause serious problems for people who have a disability.
“The Government should be working towards making Tasmania the best place to have a telecommunications service, and not having to consider the needs of people with different impairments,” the group wrote.
“This will be especially challenging in rural areas and for those with disabilities who are not as well connected to the wider community.”
The group also said that the proposed change could cause people with the most severe disabilities such as Down syndrome, Autism and intellectual disability to have less access to a service.
“There are currently some providers who have very limited services for this population,” the post continued.
“Some providers have had to cut back services, and the situation is getting worse.”
People with disabilities have no right to a telecommunications provider.
“The Tasmanian Government has not responded to a request for comment.