Power outages and blackouts are extremely inconvenient. Whether the outage is due to a storm or to trouble with electric lines in your neighbourhood, no one likes a blackout.
While it’s certainly a pain to have your electricity out, the lack of Internet connection can be even more frustrating! On nbn™, the case is the same. If your power is out, you won’t be able to use your modem, and so you won’t be able to get online. With landlines being switched over to nbn™ as well, a power blackout means your landline phone won’t work either.
There are a few options and things you should consider, however.
Power outages often occur alongside an emergency situation. In the event of a significant storm or other concerning issue, the lack of power can create the potential for problems. Because of this, it is imperative to have emergency solutions. Consider keeping a fully-charged mobile phone in your emergency kit. If electrical power is out, your landline and Internet won’t be working, so a mobile device may be your only way to connect with family, friends, or emergency services. This is an excellent safeguard in an unexpected situation.
If you are in highly remote parts of Australia, you may have the option to retain your copper phone landline. This is not the case for the majority of Australian homes, but very rural properties (premises within Fixed Wireless and Sky Muster™ satellite areas) could benefit by keeping this phone connection, since they may not have a reliable wireless signal.
Use a Battery Backup
Those with a FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) connection may be able to acquire a Battery Backup. FTTP-connected properties can use a Battery Backup in the event that power is out. The battery can supply around 3 ½ hours of power, plus an additional 1 ½ once the ‘Battery Emergency’ button is pressed. You will need to speak to your provider to be sure you’re on a service that offers battery backup. You’ll also need to have a correctly installed corded telephone that does not require mains power to work.
I you would like to find out more, nbn™ also have some helpful information about power outages on their website.