Telecom Procedural Letter Addressed to Peter Turner (Yukon Chamber of Commerce)

Ottawa, 10 January 2019

Our reference:  1011-NOC2018-0214

BY EMAIL

Peter M. Turner
President
Yukon Chamber of Commerce
Suite 220, 2237 2nd Avenue
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 0K7
president@yukonchamber.com 

Re: Review of the price cap and local forbearance regimes, Telecom Notice of Consultation 2018-214Footnote1 – Procedural request

Dear Mr. Turner:

By letter dated 24 December 2018, the Yukon Chamber of Commerce (YCC) requested that the Commission amend the process set out in Telecom Notice of Consultation 2018-214 to allow the YCC and other interested persons to register as parties to the proceeding by 31 January 2019, so that they could file final submissions on 22 February 2019. In the alternative, the YCC requested that it be made a party to the proceeding and that it be allowed to file a final submission on that date.

In support of their request, the YCC indicated that its member companies were concerned about the retail rates for Internet services in the Yukon Territory and noted the proposal made by Northwestel Inc. (Northwestel) in the proceeding regarding rate changes for these services. The YCC indicated that this issue is extremely important to its members and other northern businesses.

Commission staff notes that Telecom Notice of Consultation 2018-214 did not specifically identify that the issue of Northwestel’s retail Internet rates would be addressed in the proceeding. As such, the YCC could not have anticipated that Northwestel would raise this issue in its intervention on 10 October 2018 which was also the deadline for interested persons to be made parties to the proceeding. Under the circumstances, Commission staff considers it appropriate to allow the YCC to become a party to the proceeding.

As a reminder, any final submission and final reply must comply with paragraphs 44 and 45 of Telecom Notice of Consultation 2018-214 and must not introduce new evidence on the record of the proceeding.

Sincerely,

Original signed by

John Macri
Director,Policy Framework
Telecommunications Sector

c.c.: Christine Brock, CRTC, (873) 353-5852, christine.brock@crtc.gc.ca
Stan Thompson, Northwestel Inc., sthompson@nwtel.ca
Krista Prochazka, Northwestel Inc., Kprochazka@nwtel.ca

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