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Telecom Order CRTC 2003-118

Ottawa, 20 March 2003

Northwestel Inc.

Reference: Tariff Notice 784

Manual Mobile Telephone Service


The Commission received an application by Northwestel Inc. (Northwestel), dated 6 February 2003, to revise its Mobile Telephone Service Tariff item 201, Manual Mobile Service, in order to increase the monthly charge from $25 to $30 for network access to a radio-telephone station by a non-fixed station.


In its application, Northwestel indicated that the proposed rate increase was required to improve the revenue generation and cost recovery of the service, as well as, reduce its reliance on supplementary funding. Northwestel also indicated that the manual mobile service is at the end of its life cycle, resulting in a 70% decrease in the number of subscribers over the last five years and that other services, such as cellular service and satellite service, are available to customers.


The Commission notes that pursuant to Long-distance competition and improved service for Northwestel customers, Decision CRTC 2000-746, 30 November 2000, Northwestel is still regulated pursuant to rate of return regulation. The Commission considers that the revenues generated by the proposed rate increase will reduce Northwestel's reliance on supplementary funding.


The Commission received no comments with respect to the application.


In light of the above, the Commission approves Northwestel's application. The revisions take effect as of 16 May 2003.


Northwestel is to issue a revised tariff page forthwith to reflect this change.

Secretary General

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