DESPITE the rapidly progressing rollout of the NBN, many people are still in the dark about what it means for them.
According to a new Finder survey, 44 per cent of people not already on the NBN still don’t realise they will need to connect to the service within 18 months of being declared NBN-ready.
That means anyone connecting to the internet through their landline will actually be cut off 18 months after the NBN is available at their address.
But people using a dongle to connect would not be affected by the NBN rollout.
Finder’s Angus Kidman said the NBN offered more options for consumers to find the best deal.
“The internet has become so important. People need to be aware of the cutoff so they can stay connected,” he said.
“And the NBN offers so many more providers.
‘‘People can shop around and find the best package for them.
“In most cases people will have a faster service when they connect to the NBN, but it won’t necessarily be cheaper.
“The NBN rollout hasn’t been the smoothest thing.
‘‘When people get connected they should make sure they’re getting what they paid for and be willing to complain if they aren’t.”