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5-Step Check To Fight Electric Fence Interference

Five-Step Check To Fight Electric Fence Interference


Telecom is helping farmers fight phone line or Internet interference caused by electric fences.

Telecom, the Ministry of Economic Development, MAF, Federated Farmers and electric fence manufacturers have been working together to find a solution to the problem.

The result of that work – a five-step electric fence check – has been launched by Information Technology Minister Paul Swain at the Mystery Creek Field Days today.

Telecom’s Rural Solutions Manager Seager Mason said that while it’s not something townies would think of, electric fence interference is a real issue for rural customers.

“We receive a lot of reports each year from customers whose phone line or Internet connection quality is suffering because of poorly installed or maintained electric fences,” Mr Mason said.

“These symptoms typically include clicks on the phone line or slow, unreliable Internet connections – unacceptable problems when you’re trying to work online as many of our rural customers are.

“The brochure released today outlines a five-step check people can follow to establish whether their Internet connection problems are being caused by an electric fence and how they can go about having that problem fixed.

“We’re sure it will be welcomed by our customers outside of the urban centres,” Mr Mason said.

The brochure is available from Telecom, MED, MAF, Federated Farmers or from electric fence manufacturers, or online at

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