Telecom Commission Letter Addressed to Renée Comeau and Trevor Wever (Northwest Territories Chamber of Commerce)

Ottawa, 7 February 2019

Our reference:  1011-NOC2018-0214

BY EMAIL

Renée Comeau
General Manager
and
Trevor Wever
President
Northwest Territories Chamber of Commerce
4802 - 50th Avenue Unit 13
Yellowknife, NT X1A 1C4
admin@nwtchamber.com

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

Dear Ms. Comeau and Mr. Wever:

By letter dated 21 January 2019, the Northwest Territories Chamber of Commerce (NWTCC) requested that the Commission amend the process set out in Telecom Notice of Consultation 2018-214 to allow the NWTCC 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 NWTCC 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 NWTCC indicated that its member companies were concerned about the business retail rates for Internet services in the Northwest Territories. The NWTCC 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 Inc.’s retail Internet rates would be addressed in the proceeding. As such, the NWTCC 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 NWTCC 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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