NBN test sites register `too late'

THE launch of a medical device register in preparation for phone lines being cut off at NBN test sites around the state has been dubbed ``too little too late'' by the information communication and technology sector.

Federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday launched a medical alarm register that aims to move customers using the system ahead of the Telstra network being disconnected on 15 sites across the state.

Residents at George Town, Kingston, Deloraine, Sorell, St Helens and Triabunna will have copper networks disconnected on May 23.

Tas ICT executive officer Dean Winter said the federal government should make allowances for consumers who don't know their phone line will be disconnected, and extend the cut-off time.

Despite NBN Co providing information on which areas will be disconnected from the Telstra network, Mr Winter said many people did not know.

``A large number of Tasmanians in those affected areas don't know they will be switched off from their phone line,'' Mr Winter said.

``We don't want people in emergency situations to not be able to use a phone line,'' he said.

Mr Winter said Tas ICT would push to see the North-West of the state receive a trial site.

``Particularly in Devonport and Burnie where poor ADSL service is holding back business,'' he said.

Security systems may also be affected by the disconnection of copper wires.

 If you have a medical alert or alarm in an area where the NBN is active you can list an alarm on the register by calling 1800 227 300.


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