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Ottawa, 30 August 1996
Decision CRTC 96-584
Northwestel Cable Inc.
Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories - 199606167
Acquisition of assets
Following a Public Hearing in Calgary beginning on 15 July 1996, the Commission approves the application for authority to acquire the assets of the cable distribution undertaking serving Fort Resolution from Ivan Simons and for a broadcasting licence to continue the operation of this undertaking.
The Commission will issue a licence to Northwestern Cable Inc., expiring 31 August 1999, upon surrender of the current licence. The operation of this undertaking will be regulated pursuant to Parts I, III and IV of the Cable Television Regulations, 1986. The authority granted herein is subject to the same conditions as those in effect under the current licence, as well as to any other condition specified in the licence to be issued.
The licence term granted herein, while less than the maximum of seven years permitted by the Broadcasting Act, will enable the Commission to consider the next licence renewal of this undertaking in accordance with the Commission's regional plan and to better distribute the workload within the Commission.
The price of the transaction is $25,000. Based on the evidence filed with the application, the Commission has no concerns with respect to the availability or the adequacy of the required financing. The Commission is also of the view that approval of this application is in the public interest.
In Public Notice CRTC 1992-59, the Commission announced implementation of its employment equity policy. It advised licensees that, at the time of licence renewal or upon considering applications for authority to transfer ownership or control, it would review with applicants their practices and plans to ensure equitable employment. In keeping with the Commission's policy, it encourages the applicant to consider employment equity issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources.
The CBC submitted an intervention requesting that the applicant consider distribution of the Réseau de l'information (RDI). In its reply, the applicant indicated that this system serves small and remote communities that do not have significant French-speaking populations, that there is little or no demand for the service and therefore, the costs of offering it cannot be justified. The applicant added that, as there is significant demand for programming in Aboriginal languages, it has committed to the carriage of Television Northern Canada (TVNC).
The Commission notes that the undertaking currently distributes CBC Newsworld as well as the CBC French-language Television Service and that, as a Part III system, it is not required to distribute RDI. The Commission is satisfied with the applicant's reply and considers that the needs and wishes of subscribers have been taken into consideration.
In view of the approval granted herein, it would appear that no further action is required on the application 951949700 submitted by Ivan Simons for the renewal of this licence which was announced in Public Notice CRTC 1996-25 dated 20 February 1996.
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General

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