FTTN NBN box in my lot - Understanding my rights

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  1. Ramy

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    Hi,

    I recently registered a lot with a easement running on one side of the lot for services. However recently I noticed NBN has put up a FTTN switchboard box on the service easement side and it sits in my lot backyard after the survey report came.

    Want to understand what rights as a owner I have on this and can the box be moved out and also should the land contract say of there will be a box placed in the lot.

    Can anyone share your thoughts please. Thanks.
     
  2. ff3

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    Generally I believe NBN have the ability to place items at their discretion, and moving it typically at your expense.
     
  3. Ramy

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    Yea that's not good. This is the big green switchboard box and any idea how much that would cost. Thanks.
     
  4. New Town

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    NBN uses low impact legislation to install there crap without requiring permission. I have a big dumb green box on the footpath open up meme again what was that in front of my Terrace house.

    It's unsightly and easy knocks $100k off the value.

    You may not get compensation if the easement is already in place.
     
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  5. Ramy

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    Hmmm, Thanks for your response. Trying to see if there is an option to request them to move the box to the corner so that I could put a fence around that and is not visible. Has anyone done it before and any idea how much would that cost to move it. Thanks.
     
  6. New Town

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    The contract or a title search should show the easement and its purpose. Unfortunately I'd say there is zero chance you can have it moved.
     
  7. Paul@PFI

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    You CANT move it. Fibre is unable to have joints. You can't afford to move it. The box costs 110k to install.

    I was involved with a civils company that installed these and a car crash can cost 150k plus. A cmux cabinet even worse. That could cost 180k easy. They are bigger and taller. Just the ground earthing sometimes is a 25k add on

    Unusual it's not on street side adjacent to a footpath since that's where Telstra runs it's gear and puts out front.. It's got to be near a old school pillar..Maybe within 100m. Techs need access..

    Is it square edged? Not power transformer or junction?
     
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  8. Scott No Mates

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    You have given consent to NBN to install their equipment, they would have sent you a letter (LIFD or LAAN), If you didn't object, you consented.

    The NBN equipment shouldn't be on your land but on council land.
     
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    Developer prob didn't consent and ignored it. Strange ..it should be adjacent to footpath. No way would it be in backyard even on easement. Sure it's not a power junction? They could move it later.
    Google Image Result for https://westernpower.com.au/media/3193/green-dome-sq.jpg

    Cmux looks like Google Image Result for https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/25/Telstra_roadside_cabinet_housing_a_RIM_and_CMUX.jpg/1200px-Telstra_roadside_cabinet_housing_a_RIM_and_CMUX.jpg and is usually on main road or intersection.

    Fttn looks like this Google Image Result for https://simonyeo.id.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/NBN-node-Pakenham-20160522.jpg
     
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  10. Ramy

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    Thanks for your response. Attached a picture of the box in my lot. Mine is a corner lot adjacent to a private road for access to lots behind me.

    The box says MAIN Switchboard. Thanks.
     

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    Attaching one more picture here which says Main Switchboard.
     

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  12. Scott No Mates

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    Is that NBN's equipment? It's not labelled NBN from what I can see.
     
  13. The Y-man

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    Looks more like an Electrical Switchboard?

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  14. Ramy

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    Yea, I'm confused too. Is that safe to have a electrical switchboard box in the lot. Will they move this is requested and should this be mentioned in the contract that a structure will be sitting on the lot.
     
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    that's not an NBN FTTN cabinet.

    When you input the address into www.nbn.com.au what is the "Technology used in your connection" ?

    I suspect as it is new estate it is FTTP ?
     
  17. Mark F

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    It looks like the distribution box for underground power to the nearby lots.
     
  18. Ramy

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    Thank you all. Its an Electrical Meter and Distribution board.
     
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