nbn workers at Coffs Harbour.
nbn workers at Coffs Harbour. Trevor Veale

Copper wire deadline for 2900 Coffs Coast premises

MORE than 2900 Coffs Coast premises are among 23,000 nationally that next week hit a Deadline Day for disconnecting their copper telephone lines as part of the compulsory migration to the NBN.

On Friday, June 12, more than 2900 homes and businesses in Coffs Harbour and the Coffs communities of Boambee, Boambee East and North Boambee Valley reach the copper disconnection deadline.

This means anyone who has not placed an order for an NBN service will have their phone lines disconnected within 10 working days from Friday.In total this year, more than 15,000 premises on the Coffs Coast have reached the NBN deadline.

Since May last year, NBN Co has progressively announced areas in Australia that have reached the deadline for ageing copper telephone networks to be disconnected permanently as part of the move to high speed broadband.

More than 135,000 premises throughout Australia hit the disconnection deadline in the first six months of this year - more than twice as many as in all of last year.

iiNet is a national provider of NBN services, with more than 60,000 customers already using the NBN.

iiNet NBN Product Manager Rachael McIntyre said the 2900 Coffs Coast homes and businesses were among about 23,000 premises Australia-wide that reach the disconnection deadline on Friday.

"Consumers need to act quickly," Rachael said.

"While phone and Internet services may not stop working on that date, they will within days, so it really is time for people to upgrade to the NBN. Households or businesses still relying on the old phone network need to choose either to switch across to the NBN or to go mobile-only."

Rachael said people who had not yet moved to the NBN needed to make a number of decisions.

"Firstly, they must choose whether they want an Internet access service, a phone service or both," she said.

"Secondly, if they use services such as faxes, monitored security alarms, Priority Assistance Services or EFTPOS terminals, they need to speak to the providers of these services to confirm they work on the NBN.

"The third step is to select the NBN Retail Service Provider, like iiNet, that best meets their needs, in terms of product, pricing and customer service. People do need make the choice. We really want to ensure they don't risk losing their phone and Internet service before they get the NBN connected."

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