I suggest you do what I did, check the Australian Bureau of Statistic's 2016 census. Canberra is nowhere near half a million. Perhaps I should not have written "390 thousand" and written 390 000 instead. You had better check your facts.
I know that Darwin and Hobart get ABC news bulletins because they have parliaments. The high powered transmitter for Newcastle & Hunter Valley cover twice your population. They don't get one.
Your small population means that Canberra only has a pair of commercial broadcasters to share the cost of installing and running a 25 kW DAB+ transmitter to replace the original low powered transmitter. Darwin only has one commercial broadcaster to share the same transmitter cost to replace their low powered DAB+ transmitter. The Commonwealth government will have to pay for another similar transmitter for ABC/SBS through forcing the ABC to switch off transmitters to people who have no other alternatives. Where as in mainland state capitals share the costs of the commercial transmitters over more broadcasters.
The DAB+ running costs are in addition to the cost of running AM and FM transmitters.
There is currently no plans to switch off the commercial/ABC/SBS transmitters in Canberra
And also the national capital.. Australia has been federated since 1901 - you may want to catch up on that. Clearly you have missed a few key events.
What 'larger regional areas'?
Are you suggesting anything below, say, a million is 'regional'? Europe, or indeed, anywhere but Australia does not seem to impose that criteria? But Darwin and Hobart are smaller yet get their 'bulletins'? I'm struggling to follow your criteria here?
And btw - you are aware that Canberra is the largest inland city and larger than Darwin and Hobart - right?
Canberra's larger metro area is pushing rapidly toward 1/2 million so either your mis-informed or this is just typical Canberra bashing and national self-loathing. A proud two century long tradition of a nation hating itself.
Shame on them. How dare someone lobby politicians while serving the largest inland city in Australia. Utterly abhorrent. Why... Any services to Canberra, by being virtue of the national capital, should be terminated immediately. That'll be great for Australia. And stick it up the pollies too. That's always propelled this country ahead.
Yes we're all familiar with DRM. Perhaps you should lobby the politicians to consider DRM shortwave? I was thinking about DRM today, it actually sounds (sic) pretty good, however I guess like Beta / VHS - DAB+ just got in first or something. So... we're stuck with it. Unless it can be opened out on other bands or something.
Also, last I heard (sic), there was near zero manufacturer support for DRM so that may have been a factor too?
Really... you need to give the Canberra bashing a miss... it's getting old and the complete lack of information (e.g. population) and thread hijacking isn't helping your cause.
Perhaps if you took a slightly different approach you would engender greater support.
I'm in the market for a UHD 4K player and was thinking about the Panasonic DMP-U900 especially now that the price has dropped.
I have tried to do a comparison between the new UB400 and the U900 but can't really see any benefit of the newer player over the previous model. I'm thinking it may be better to buy the older model - is there a benefit of getting the new UB400 that I missed?