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Ottawa, 24 March 2017

Our reference:  8740-N1-201701821


Dallas Yeulett
Senior Manager, Regulatory Compliance
P.O. Box 2727
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 4Y1

RE:  Tariff Notice 981– Special Services Tariff, Special Assembly #1 Layer 3 IP/VPN

Dear Sir:

On 9 March, 2017 the Commission received an application by Northwestel Inc. (Northwestel), under Tariff Notice (TN) 981, in which the company proposed changes to Northwestel’s Special Services Tariff CRTC 3010 to revise Item 752, Special Assembly #1 Layer 3 IP/VPN. Among other things, the company proposed to revise the total number of terrestrial served circuits.

Commission staff is continuing its analysis of this application.

Consequently, this application, along with any associated subsequent revisions, will not be approved on an interim basis on the 15th calendar day following receipt. However, the Commission intends to dispose of this application, along with any associated subsequent revisions, within 45 business days of receipt of the filing.

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 comprehensive answers, including rationale and any supporting information, to the attached questions by 31 March 2017.


Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Dispute Resolution & Regulatory Implementation
Telecommunications Sector
c.c: Joanne Baldassi, CRTC, 819-997-3498,

Attach. (1)


Request for information

At paragraph 2 of its application, Northwestel proposes to revise the total number of terrestrial served circuits to 31 communities with 36 sites. Northwestel also proposes to revise the tariff to remove the reference to satellite sites, which were forborne from rate regulation in Telecom Decision CRTC 2013-710.

Commission staff notes that under TN 894 in which the Special Assembly #1 Layer 3 IP/VPN service was introduced, the monthly rate for this Special Services Tariff was $158,603.25 and that under TN 981, Northwestel is proposing a base monthly charge of $76,605.75.

  1. Identify what is causing the decrease in the monthly rate proposed in TN 981 compared to the rate approved under TN 894.
  2. Identify the portion of the current monthly rate of $158,603.25 that was made up of satellite circuits and the portion that was made up of terrestrial circuits.
  3. If the proposed base monthly charge of $76,605.75 for 36 terrestrial circuits represents an increase to the current terrestrial monthly rate for 35 terrestrial circuits, on a per-circuit basis, explain why an increase is being proposed and confirm whether the customer is in agreement with this increase.
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