Telecom - Commission letter addressed to Stan Thompson (Northwestel Inc.)

Ottawa, 6 August 2021

Our reference: 8740-N1-202103985


Mr. Stan Thompson
Chief Financial Officer& Vice-President
Northwestel Inc.
3rd Floor
301 Lambert Street
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 4Y4

Re:  Northwestel Inc. Tariff Notice 1126, Wholesale Connect Service – Add Additional Breakout Community

Dear Sir,

On 16 June 2021, the Commission received an application by Northwestel requesting approval for proposed changes to Northwestel's Access Services Tariff CRTC 21480 to revise Item 300 – Wholesale Connect Service.  Northwestel proposed to introduce a new network breakout point in Fort St. John, BC. Northwestel proposed to use the currently approved network breakout point rates that apply to the Basic class of service (CoS) in High Level, Alberta.

Commission staff requests that Northwestel respond to the attached request for information by 25 August 2021.

Where a document is to be filed or served by a specific date, the document must be actually received, not merely sent, by that date.

The Commission requires the response or other documents to be submitted electronically by using the secured service “My CRTC Account” (Partner Log In or GCKey) and filling the “Broadcasting and Telecom Cover page” or the “Broadcasting Cover Page” located on this web page. Also on this web page, you will find information on the submission of applications to the Commission “Filing Broadcasting and Canadian Program Certification documents with the CRTC: Privacy and Security”.

A copy of this letter and all related correspondence will be added to the public record of the proceeding.

As set out in section 39 of the Telecommunications Act and in Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-961, Procedures for filing confidential information and requesting its disclosure in Commission proceedings, persons may designate certain information as confidential. A person designating information as confidential must provide a detailed explanation on why the designated information is confidential and why its disclosure would not be in the public interest, including why the specific direct harm that would be likely to result from the disclosure would outweigh the public interest in disclosure. Furthermore, a person designating information as confidential must either file an abridged version of the document omitting only the information designated as confidential or provide reasons why an abridged version cannot be filed.

Copies of the document should be also be sent to


Original signed by

Chris Noonan
Director, Competitor Services & Costing Implementation
Telecommunications Sector

c.c.: B. Natraj (Nat Natraj), CRTC, 819-953-5081,
Tom Vilmansen, CRTC, 819-997-9253,

Attach. (1)

Northwestel Tariff Notice 1126 Second Breakout point for Wholesale Connect service

  1. Refer to the cover letter of the TN 1126 application dated 16 June 2021, paragraph 4 where it is indicated that for the second breakout point in Fort St. John, Northwestel plans to use the currently approved network breakout point rates for Basic class of service (CoS) in High Level, AB. However, Northwestel clarifies that, for the second breakout point, the Basic CoS rate for the 300 Mbps in High Level, AB is the minimum required to cover the associated costs of leased space.
    1. Northwestel is asked to confirm that the currently approved monthly rates for the High Level, AB breakout point for the Basic CoS of $4380, $5574 and $12739 for the 300, 400 and 1000 Mbps speed tiers respectively cover all costs of providing the service at the second breakout point in Fort St. John, including the high cost of leased space
    2. Identify each cost component that Northwestel included in the assessment and determination of the rates for the breakout point at Fort St. John. If some cost components included for the breakout point in High Level were excluded for the breakout point in Fort St. John, identify the excluded cost components and provide all assumptions and supporting rationale for excluding them.
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