Telecom Commission Letter Addressed to Dallas Yeulett (Northwestel Inc.)

Ottawa, 11 April 2017

Our reference:  8740-N1-201700740

BY EMAIL

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

Re: Northwestel Inc. Tariff Notice 976: Wholesale Connect Service New rates and Circuits – Requests for disclosure of information designated as confidential and additional information

Dear Sir:

This letter addresses requests filed regarding Northwestel’s Inc. Tariff Notice 976: Wholesale Connect Service New Rates and Circuits filed with the Commission on 6 February, 2017 (the Application).

On 24 February 2017, Iristel Inc. filed requests for disclosure of certain information designated as confidential and for additional information in the Application.

On 20 March 2017, Northwestel filed a response to Iristel Inc’s requests along with revisions to its application that addressed some of the requests for disclosure of information and additional information submitted by Iristel.

Disclosure

Requests for disclosure of information designated as confidential are addressed in light of sections 38 and 39 of the Telecommunications Act (the Act) and sections 30 and following of the CRTC Rules of Practice and Procedure (the Rules). In evaluating a request, an assessment is made as to whether the information falls into a category of information that can be designated confidential pursuant to section 39 of the Act. The next step in the assessment is to determine whether there is any specific direct harm likely to result from the disclosure of the information in question and whether any such harm outweighs the public interest in disclosure. In making this evaluation, a number of factors are taken into consideration, including the degree of competition and the importance of the information to the ability of the Commission to obtain a full and complete record. The factors considered are discussed in more detail in Procedures for filing confidential information and requesting its disclosure in Commission proceedings, Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-961, 23 December 2010, as amended by Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-961-1, 26 October 2012.

Commission staff has reviewed the remaining requests for disclosure of certain information designated as confidential from Iristel and considers that no further public disclosure is required from Northwestel.

Commission staff notes that request for new or additional information are more appropriately dealt with as interrogatories. Commission staff has reviewed the remaining requests for additional information and considers that no additional information is required from Northwestel.

Sincerely,

Original signed by

Lyne Renaud
Director, Competitor Services & Costing Implementation
Telecommunications sector

c. c.: B.Natraj (Nat Natraj), CRTC, 819-953-5081, nat.natraj@crtc.gc.ca
Linda Maljan, Government of the Northwest Territories, linda_Maljan@gov.nt.ca
Steve Sorochan, Government of Yukon, steve.sorochan@gov.yk.ca
Samer Bishay, Iristel Inc., regualtory@iristel.com
Dean Proctor, SSi Group of companies, regulatory@ssimicro.com

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