I would like to canvas opinions on the questions below. The context is that we live in a small town (Thames) with bad weather & frequent power outages, and we don't have great cell reception where we live (2degrees). We have great solid VDSL (70/30) - have had for years (snap/2degrees). Fibre is being rolled out here. It's currently on standby on our verge, and we've gotten the "fibre is here" card from Chorus. I know that copper will eventually be decommissioned (probably sooner than I think). My partner doesn't like the idea of losing copper, and I'm not sure I do either. We have reservations about the resilience of losing that network (while it exists). We've both had crappy experiences with VoIP home phones. I understand that to keep the copper landline + fibre we will need two connections (if that's even possible). Currently the copper floats from the pole on the verge to our house.
- if we request copper landline + fibre (two connections) will Chorus be able/willing to run the two cables side by side in the air?
- if we decline the fibre installation (it's free now as I understand), do you think will we eventually have to fork out installation costs to put it in at a later date when copper is decommissioned?
Appreciate any knowledgable input. If you want to debate me on our semi ludditism please make it entertaining.