A reader said when his internet was changed from copper to fibre, he discovered wireless phones throughout his home needed replacement with wireless phones connecting with the NBN modem.
A reader said when his internet was changed from copper to fibre, he discovered wireless phones throughout his home needed replacement with wireless phones connecting with the NBN modem. Craig Warhurst

Real cost of NBN needs revealing

MY LOCAL paper, the Sunshine Coast Daily (June 20) ran a three-quarter page whinge about the NBN, and how some bloke lost his landline for a week after being connected to the NBN.

I am astounded how the media and business are so misinformed with the changeover.

I have had letters published in the Daily on a few occasions complaining that Telstra and the NBN have not advised their customers to the changes affecting the phone/fax and that on the shift over from copper that landline will be redundant.

Before being connected to the NBN, I had contacted the NBN and asked what needs to be done without acknowledgement or reply.

When I was changed from copper to fibre, I discovered that the various wireless phones throughout the home needed replacement with wireless phones connecting with the NBN modem.

These cost about $75 at the Telstra shop. The old copper LL phone in the office was connected directly to the NBN modem, and we were back to normal.

I would have thought that any business owner, and their phone company, has a responsibility to talk about the change to NBN and ensured a seamless changeover - this would be the smart part of the business.

So maybe those businesses that had problems need to look at themselves and their phone company without getting the media involved.

Now let us think for a moment when the copper cable to an area serviced by NBN is shut down by Telstra.

Telstra will close down all copper links a year or two after optical fibre is connected.

Every house will be compulsorily changed to fibre and the present LL phones are redundant.

Who will cover the cost for this enforced cost, especially those who cannot afford the costs of new phones, or will everyone be given a mobile phone as a replacement to LL?

Will our media companies discover and tell us all through print and electronic?

This is more of a national interest than the US media chasing President Trump and banging on about same-sex marriage

I challenge the media and public commentators to investigate and advise the people of Australia of the full implication of changing from copper line phone communications to the optical fibre system.

ROBERT S BUICK

Mountain Creek



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