NBN switch urged

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

NBN is urg­ing homes and busi­ness in Nar­ro­gin to dis­cuss op­tions with their phone and in­ter­net providers as land­line con­nec­tions be­gin to cease.

As of last Fri­day, land­line and in­ter­net ser­vices on cop­per net­works in the re­gion are go­ing to be grad­u­ally de­com­mis­sioned, af­fect­ing al­most 2000 homes and busi­nesses in Nar­ro­gin

While the NBN has not given a def­i­nite date on when all cop­per ser­vices in the re­gion will be switch off, last Fri­day marked 18 months since the NBN Ac­cess Net­work be­came avail­able in some parts of Nar­ro­gin.

Res­i­dents and busi­nesses are re­quired to switch over to the NBN 18 months after the ser­vice be­comes avail­able in a re­gion.

The cop­per net­work within NBN fixed wire­less and Sky Muster Satel­lite ar­eas, how­ever, will not be switched off. Be­fore premises are dis­con­nected from the NBN net­work they re­ceive five dif­fer­ent letters from NBN and will also re­ceive writ­ten and ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tions from their phone or in­ter­net ser­vice provider, a spokes­woman for the NBN told The Observer.

The spokes­woman also said that res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers should talk to their pre­ferred phone and in­ter­net provider about a plan that meets their spe­cific speed and data us­age needs

They should also check the com­pat­i­bil­ity of any spe­cial equip­ment op­er­at­ing on their cur­rent land­line con­nec­tion, in­clud­ing EFTPOS ter­mi­nals, and med­i­cal and se­cu­rity alarms.

Head of NBN lo­cal WA Rachael McIntyre said the switch to NBN was not au­to­matic.

“While many homes and busi­nesses in Nar­ro­gin have al­ready signed up to a ser­vice over the NBN ac­cess net­work, it’s im­por­tant for those who have not yet con­nected to know that mak­ing the switch is not au­to­matic,” she said.

“To con­tinue us­ing your land­line and in­ter­net ser­vices, you’ll need to con­tact your pre­ferred phone and in­ter­net provider to place an or­der.”

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