SIGN UP: Time is running out for Wangaratta residents to connect to the NBN.

    RESIDENTS in the Wangaratta region have been urged to ensure they have an NBN plan in place, with decommissioning of the existing copper network in local areas expected to start in just two weeks’ time.

    Even those who only have a landline telephone are urged to make arrangements for an NBN plan with a retailer to ensure their phone will still work when the old network is switched off.

    Disconnection will take place between February and July this year and NBN local media advisor Kasey Ellison said people can visit www.nbnco.com.au and enter their address to find out the expected disconnection date.“In most cases, residents will still need to order an NBN powered plan even if they just have a landline,” she said.

    “Once the NBN broadband access network goes live in a particular area, there is an 18 month window to contact a phone or internet provider and make the switch to an NBN powered plan, which is now coming to an end.

    “The 18 month disconnection window does not apply to those areas covered by an NBN fixed wireless or satellite service (such as those in more remote locations) who can choose to retain their existing copper service if they wish.”

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