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Ottawa, 9 February 2015

Our reference.: 8678-T66-201402891


Mr. Stephen Schmidt
Vice-President − Telecom Policy & Chief Regulatory Legal Counsel
Telecom Policy and Regulatory Affairs
TELUS Communications Company
215 Slater Street, 8th floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 0A6

Dear Sir:

RE: TELUS Communications Company’s Deferral Account-funded Broadband Report on Lake Babine Nation Pinkut Lake IR No. 23

In TELUS Communications Company − Application to revise the company’s deferral-account-funded broadband service expansion plan, Telecom Decision CRTC 2014-419, 7 August 2014 (Telecom Decision 2014-419), the Commission directed TELUS Communications Company (TCC) to report to the Commission by the end of 2014 whether the necessary development work had been undertaken by the Lake Babine Nation Pinkut Lake IR No. 23 community in British Columbia, and whether construction of Pinkut Lake IR No. 23 would be started in time to ensure that TCC’s broadband service rollout is completed on a timely basis.

On 23 December 2014, the Commission received the report of TCC on the status of Pinkut Lake IR No. 23, as required by Telecom Decision 2014-419, as well as supporting documents, including letters of support for the continuation of the Pinkut Lake project.

In its report, TCC indicated its preference to proceed with the deferral-account-funded broadband build for the Pinkut Lake IR No. 23 site. TCC submitted that the planning and design work has been progressing well and that it had been granted the required permits, under the Indian Act, for not only the Pinkut Lake IR No. 23 site but also for the other deferral-account-funded Lake Babine Nation sites at Fort Babine IR No. 6 and Tachet IR No. 25. Moreover, the report contained assurances that dwellings will be completed at Pinkut Lake in 2015.

In light of the contents of TCC’s report and the supporting documents, TCC is to proceed with its broadband service rollout to Pinkut Lake IR No. 23.


Original signed by

Chris Seidl
Executive Director,
Telecommunications Sector

c.c.: Michel Murray, CRTC, (819) 997-9300,
Joseph Cabrera, CRTC, (819) 934-6352,

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