NBN switchover cutoff concerns

CONCERN has been raised regarding potential implications for regional Tasmanians who have not yet flagged interest for NBN connection ahead of a copper network shutdown in May.

Premises at Deloraine, Kingston Beach, Sorell, George Town, St Helens and Triabunna will be switched to the network - replacing existing landline phones, ADSL internet and Telstra cable internet services.

Residents need to show interest in finding a provider to avoid being cut off, according to Break'O'Day Business Enterprise Centre manager Nick Crawford.

"Those that have taken up the project and got onto it are going to be fine," Mr Crawford said.

"Those that believe it's just going to go away are going to struggle and people who are not aware are really in trouble."

He said the connection process, once interest was registered, could take between three to four weeks.

NBN Co spokeswoman Lalla Mackenzie said the move to NBN was not automatic and encouraged residents to seek out a service provider.

"Residents and businesses need to move their landline and internet services over to the NBN if they wish to continue using them," Ms Mackenzie said.

"People with special equipment, including EFTPOS terminals and medical and security alarms, which are connected to a landline phone also need to check with their service provider."

Mr Crawford said people in Meander Valley and Break'O'Day could approach the Business Enterprise Centres for assistance with connectivity.

For more information about NBN and the copper shutdown, visit www.nbnco.com.au/ switchoff

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