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Ottawa, 27 May 2015

Our reference:  8740-N1-201503037


Mr. Dallas Yeulett
Senior Manager, Regulatory Compliance
Northwestel Inc.
301 Lambert Street,
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 4Y4

RE:  Northwestel Inc. Tariff Notice 926 – Manual Mobile Services

Dear Sir:

The purpose of this letter is to advise you of a procedural change in the proceeding associated with Northwestel Inc. (Northwestel) Tariff Notice 926.

On 30 March 2015, the Commission received an application by Northwestel, under Tariff Notice 926, in which the company proposed changes to General Tariff Item 201, Manual Mobile Service.

In this application, Northwestel proposed to withdraw Manual Mobile Service (MMS) from the remaining six sites where the service is currently provided. The company noted that this is the fourth and final phase of a program for turning down and dismantling Manual Mobile sites, which started in 2011.

On 17 April an intervention was filed in the proceeding on which Northwestel was not copied.  Due to an administrative oversight, Commission telecommunications staff did not become aware of this intervention until 21 May 2015. Commission staff has now added this intervention to the record of the proceeding. The intervention has been posted to the Commission’s website, and a copy is attached for reference. Commission staff considers it would be appropriate to extend the process for this application to 10 June 2015, to allow Northwestel sufficient time to file a reply to the intervention, if it so chooses. 

Staff notes that it will consider record of the application to be complete and the public process closed on the earlier of either the date Northwestel’s response is received, or 10 June 2015. Sincerely,

Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Dispute Resolution & Regulatory Implementation
Telecommunications Sector

c.c.:  Mike Rowe Jr., Rowe’s Construction,
Wendy McClintock, CRTC, 819-639-6211,


Attachment (1)

Rowe's Construction
Box 347
Ft. Simpson, NT
Date: April 17, 2015
Re: Decommission of Manual Mobiles. Channel's - JP,JL,JS,JR,JW,JL,JS

Appreciate your time. We are of major concern towards the Health, Safety & Environment of our workers and general public in hearing of further mobile service being decommissioned. We have seen and experienced hardship loosing prior mobile service and would like to see them return. Many businesses, organizations and public reply on this service greatly due to the remoteness, limited travellers and severe weather/road condition we experience.

 Sat phones are not nearly as reliable as the mobile from our experience and consulting with others, especially the Global Star and even the Iridium.
 Cell service is extremely poor at best and majority of areas have no coverage even with boosters mounted in vehicles

Past couple seasons the winter road North of Wrigley NT was shut down due to poor weather and many people were stranded without communication in areas where mobiles use to work, one case known was over 30hrs. There was a couple of environmental spills in remote areas along HWY's and delay's with reporting and arranging response due to no communication services. With more mobile channels being shut down this just increases the risk of providing services in these areas including but not limited to: HWY 1 - Ft.Providence/Yellowknife Junction North and HWY #7.

We hope reconsideration is taken to maintain these mobile services till proven reliable and cost effective alternatives are available. Please advise
Mike Rowe jr
HSE Director
Rowe's Construction
Ph: 867-695-3243
Fx: 867-695-2818

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