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Ottawa, 8 March 2012

Our Ref. No.:  8740-N1-201115634


Mr. Dallas Yeulett
Senior Manager, Regulatory Compliance
Northwestel Inc.
P.O. Box 2727
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 4Y4

RE:  Tariff Notices (TNs) 878 and 878A – Withdrawal of Manual Mobile Service

Dear Sir:

The Commission received Tariff Notice (TN) 878, dated 2 December 2011, from Northwestel Inc. (Northwestel).  In its application, the company proposed to remove both fixed and non-fixed Manual Mobile Service (MMS) from 24 sites.  Northwestel also proposed to make housekeeping changes to its MMS tariff to (a) consolidate pages and remove references to tariffs for not sufficient funds (NSF) charges and late payment charges that are now forborne, and (b) to correct errors associated with MMS site names.

The Commission received an amended application from Northwestel, dated 20 February 2012, in which the company proposed a number of housekeeping changes and clarified other information.

On 6 March 2012, the Commission received a letter, dated 16 February 2012, in which the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (Kitimat-Stikine) provided comments on TN 878.  Northwestel was copied on that letter, which is also provided as a separate attachment to this letter.

Kitimat-Stikine submitted that four of its rural communities – Telegraph Creek, Dease Lake, Iskut, and Bob Quinn, as well as vehicles travelling on Highway 37 North, would be affected by the loss of radio telephone service, and commented regarding the availability of alternative services in the area.

Although the deadline for customer comments in this proceeding was 1 February 2012, given the nature of Kitimat-Stikine’s concerns, Commission staff considers that it would be appropriate for Northwestel to provide its response for the public record.  Paragraph 28(1)(a) of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure provides that the Commission may request parties to file information or documents where needed.

Northwestel is requested to provide its response by 15 March 2012.  Given this procedural change, the Commission intends to dispose of this application, along with all associated subsequent revisions, by the end of April 2012.

Yours sincerely,

‘Original signed by L. Ventura (for)’

Suzanne Bédard
Senior Manager, Tariffs


cc:  Laurie Ventura, CRTC (819) 997-4589,

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