Ask LH: Can I Pre-Apply For The NBN?

Hi Lifehacker, I am in the process of building a new home in an area that does not currently have the NBN (National Broadband Network). Is there a way to apply for NBN connection or prepare the home for when the NBN does come around? Thanks, Eager Downloader

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Dear ED,

In this situation, there’s actually very little you can do other than wait. If you’ve put your address into the NBN Co address checker and been told that “The NBN rollout has not started in your area”, then that’s it. There’s no pre-registration process involved.

Future rollout plans for the NBN remain very much in a state of flux: the only way to be absolutely certain that you’ll get fibre to the premises is by moving somewhere where it’s already connected. That said, if you do end up in an area where new services become available, it will be hard to miss even if the NBN isn’t directly connected to your home: there will be lots of local promotion by NBN Co itself, plus advertising by the ISPs who are hoping to sign you up. So enjoy your new residence and keep your fingers crossed.


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