In 2019, we consulted on our process for assessing specified fibre areas.
Under amendments to the Telecommunications Act 2001, the Commission is required to carry out an annual assessment to determine the geographic areas in which specified fibre services are available to end-users. These geographic areas will be known as specified fibre areas (SFAs).
The assessment and notification of SFAs is an essential prerequisite to enabling Chorus Limited to withdraw supply of copper services to end-users within those SFAs.
Before Chorus can withdraw supply of a copper service it must also comply with the consumer protection requirements set out in a copper withdrawal code.