Construction for the National Broadband Network remains underway in certain parts of the region however, residents in some areas are encouraged to make the switch over now if they haven’t yet already.
Disconnection of the existing copper network in Murray Bridge will commence in mid-January, meaning that residents yet to switch to an NBN powered plan by this time will find their existing phone and internet services will not work.
NBN local media adviser Kasey Ellison said people can find out if they are eligible to connect and register for updates through the ‘Check Your Address’ function at www.nbnco.com.au/switch.
Once the network has gone live in an area residents have 18 months to make the switch however, in areas covered by an NBN fixed wireless or satellite service residents can choose to retain their existing copper service.
In November Head of NBN local South Australian and Northern Territory Tim Saul said that while many residents and businesses in the area have been accessing the service since it became available in the area almost 18 months ago, there are still some yet to make the change.
“Those yet to do so risk being disconnected once the copper network is decommissioned in mid-January,” Mr Saul said.
“Switching to the NBN network isn’t automatic...people who want to maintain their landline phone and internet access must contact a phone or internet provider about their compatibility and assistance in moving these services.”
Ms Ellison said over 15,000 homes and businesses in parts of Murray Bridge, Coonalpyn, Karoonda, Mannum, Meningie, Mypolonga, Tailem Bend, Teal Flat, Tintinara, Walker Flat, and Swan Reach can order an NBN plan from a service provider.
“Many premises in the wider surroundings can connect to retail services on the NBN broadband access network through the Sky Muster satellite service which has been available from retailers to regional and remote Australians since April last year,” she said.
“The remaining 660 homes and businesses in parts of Wall Flat, Cambrai, Palmer, Tungkillo and Sanderston are expected to order an NBN plan from a phone or internet provider between mid-2018 and the second half of 2019.”
Residents in areas which will access the service through the Sky Muster satellite footprint – which includes people in parts of Geranium, Jabuk, Ki Ki, Lameroo, Mindarie and Moorlands – can order a service now.