Telecom - Commission Letter addressed to Shadelle Chambers (Council of Yukon First Nations)

Ottawa, 12 February 2021

Our reference: 1011-NOC2019-0191


Ms. Shadelle Chambers
Executive Director
Council of Yukon First Nations
2166 – 2nd Avenue
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 4P1
C/O: Ms. Lisa Badenhorst

RE:  Broadband Fund - Community Engagement Report – Request for Disclosure

Dear Ms Chambers:

Attached you will find a copy of a letter sent today to Northwestel Inc. (Northwestel) regarding its claims of confidentiality of information contained in its Engagement Report (the Report) filed in response to the funding condition set out in Telecom Decisions 2020-257, 2020-258, 2020-259, and 2020-260.

We note that the Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) requested disclosure of the Report in its intervention dated 21 January 2021 filed in response to Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2020-367 (NOC 2020-367), as well as part of its 5 February 2021 request for disclosure (Northwestel (CYFN) 06 Feb21-5).

We wish to clarify that the attached letter to Northwestel relates solely to the filing of the Report for the purpose of complying with the condition of approval set out in the above-cited Commission Broadband Fund decisions.   CYFN’s request to place the Report on the record of the NOC 2020-367 proceeding, and the related disclosure request, will be dealt with in due course in the context of that proceeding.

Finally, any comments or concerns you may have related to the regulation of satellite retail Internet access services, network improvement, affordability of services and other issues identified in NOC 2020-367, should be raised on the record of that process, and not in response to the filing of the Report for the purpose of the Broadband Fund project decisions.


Original signed by

Chris Seidl
Executive Director
Telecommunications Sector

c.c:      Ian Baggley, CRTC,
Chris Roy, CRTC,
Kevin Pickell, CRTC,
Suneil Kanjeekal, CRTC,
Simon Wozny, CRTC,
Eliana Castellanos, Council of Yukon First Nations,
Stan Thomas, Northwestel Inc.,

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