FEDERAL Member for New England Barnaby Joyce has urged Armidale residents to be aware there were only a couple of weeks remaining before the retirement of copper communications services in certain sections of the university town.
He said the copper communications network supporting home phone services in the fibre footprint areas 1 and 4 in town will be switched off on 23 May, 2014.
Mr Joyce said getting stuck in the last minute rush could mean homeowners in those areas may end up not having a home phone and internet service and they should act immediately to make the change.
“To keep making and receiving phone calls, the message is clear: act now to avoid any disruption to landline and broadband services,” he said.
If people chose to do nothing their existing home phone will not work after May 23 and they will not be able to make or receive any calls. This includes emergency calls to triple zero  and those homes that have the medical alert system connected to the landline.
Mr Joyce said people should contact their service provider to ensure their successful migration over to fibre.
Renters of properties must contact their landlord or real estate agent to get permission to connect to the NBN.