The countdown has begun for Wagga residents to move to the National Broadband Network before existing ADSL internet services are shut down.
An NBN spokesperson said the cut-off of ADSL internet connections, and some telephone services, typically occurred about 18 months after the NBN was rolled out.
Currently Wagga’s broadband services are a mix of existing and planned connections, varying by suburb.
While households in some parts of Kooringal do not yet have a date for the installation of the NBN to begin, across the city in Lloyd, residents have only until May to make the transition before old ADSL-style services are axed.
Just up the road from Lloyd, households in Missouri Avenue, Tolland Heights, do not have NBN services, with installation scheduled not scheduled to begin until the later part of 2018.
But in Raye Street, Tolland, the NBN is already available and old services will be axed from May.
Just a sort distance over Willans Hill from Tolland Heights – in Andrews Avenue, Kooringal – householders have only until June to switch to the NBN before services are shut off.
But nearby Meadow and James streets are not scheduled for NBN connection until the last quarter of 2018.
Wagga’s CBD already has access to the NBN, as do the surrounding residential streets.
In Lake Albert’s Main Street, householders are still awaiting the NBN’s arrival between October and December this year, as are those in nearby streets including Gardenia Avenue.
In Ashmont, Tobruk Street residents are able to connect to the NBN and, at this stage, have not been given a form date for the shutdown of old services.
Connection to the NBN is not automatic. Wagga residents have to make arrangements with a provider to move over.
Not only will ADSL internet connections be affected, but also some existing telephone services.
Wagga City Councillor Vanessa Keenan said the NBN services to Bomen remained the issue about which she received the most feedback, with many of the suburb’s businesses having resorted to using fixed wireless services.
To check NBN progress in individual streets, go to the website.