The installer did what he was no doubt instructed to do, scare people into connecting their phone to the NBN. Missus, you need to connect your phone to the NBN before your old phone line is cut off. That had the desired effect of Mother getting into a panic about her phone being cut off. We reassured her. It won't be for five, or ten years but most likely after you are dead. Ok, we did phrase it a little better than that, but that is the essence of it. And Missus, you need a mobile phone as once you are connected to the NBN, your phone won't work if your power is off. Gawd, now Mother, convinced that she will have a heart attack or stroke at home, is banging on about getting a mobile phone, but be assured, her children will not be paying for the ongoing bill.
At least Mother usually runs things past her children before acting. Not so ABI (acquired brain injury) brother. He too was alerted to the need to change to the NBN and went full steam ahead. His home phone no longer works and our large telecom company is paying for his calls to be diverted to his mobile phone, which he normally ignores. You may recall, he has my old phone. There have been a number of visits to his house by phone tech people. He went to the phone shop company to buy a device to fix the mess, but alas they did not have it and directed him to another retailer. He bought the device, I know not what, but to no effect. He was also advised to buy a long phone cord and run it from his kitchen phone to his phone point in his office to make his internet work.
Part of him being ABI is that he is tenacious and demanding and won't let go, and nor he should with a non working home land line and no internet. He has quite happily bashed off to Sri Lanka to watch cricket with the NBN business unresolved, and ready for the first test at Kandy. His cricket tours are fully hosted and expensive, but it the best way for him to travel. He has been to Britain, South Africa and now Sri Lanka with cricket tours. There is some sightseeing.
I am guessing the NBN and its agents are putting pressure on so that the numbers of people connected look good for the government.
We are going to connect to the NBN when our big telco company contract expires soon. I can see everything account wise about her telco connection on the net, but not when our contract expires. I seem unable to get a straight answer on that when calling. I will persevere, but I think it is about in two months time, just when I will be on holidays. Perfect. Our telco was very smart by backbone wiring our building back in 1998 with coaxial cable for the pay tv Foxtel and for cable internet. It has kept us as a cable customer since we have lived here, nearly 15 years.
I only agreed to move to The Highrise because we could get cable broadband back in 2002, as we had been using in our Balaclava house since the late 90s. Well, that and that we would never have to move again. The latter is tenuous, especially since we have learnt of the impact on us from the construction of Metro Rail. R is very troubled about Metro Rail and it seems its construction will have significant impact on us. As it is something like a ten year project, no doubt more on that later.
I think I am right is saying that now our local speed and red light safety cameras have been connected to the NBN as well. Do bother checking online if you can get NBN, but don't take what our Telcos tell you as gospel. Our telco tells us at their website that we are not eligible, when the building has had a large number of NBN devices and cabling installed by TPG, and I think that is who we will switch to.
Connecting red light and speed cameras to the NBN.