Telecom - Commission Letter adressed to Stan Thompson (Northwestel Inc.)
Ottawa, 4 October 2021
Our reference: 8740-N1-202006775 , 8740-N1-202102424
Chief Financial Officer & Vice-President
301 Lambert Street
Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 4Y4
RE: Northwestel Inc. Tariff Notices 1122 and 1099, Terrestrial Internet Services
Dear Stan Thompson:
On 14 October 2020, the Commission received an application from Northwestel Inc. (Northwestel) under Tariff Notice (TN) 1099. The company proposed changes to General Tariff CRTC 3001, Item 1735 – Terrestrial Internet Services, in order to introduce new Internet packages, including unlimited Internet packages, for residential and business customers in its areas served by fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and cable access facilities.
On 20 April 2021, the Commission received an application from Northwestel under TN 1122 proposing changes to General Tariff CRTC 3001 – Item 1735 – Terrestrial Internet Services. This TN proposed, among other things, to decrease the rates for some residential unlimited packages (namely the residential 50+, 125+ and 250 +) introduced in TN 1099.
Paragraph 28(1)(a) of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure provides that the Commission may require parties to file information or documents where needed.
As such, pursuant to paragraph 28(1)(a) of the Rules of Practice and Procedure, Northwestel is requested to provide comprehensive answers, including rationale and any supporting information, to the attached request for information (RFIs) by 12 October 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Original signed by
Director, Dispute Resolution and Regulatory Implementation
Julie Boisvert, CRTC, 819-953-2421, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nat Natraj, CRTC, 819-953-5081, email@example.com
Additional RFIs related to Northwestel TNs 1099 and TN 1122
Terrestrial Internet Services
- Refer to paragraph 29 ii) of Northwestel(CRTC)16Feb21-2 TN 1099 ATT 1Footnote1 CONF where the company indicated that “for fibre electronics (core and aggregation routes), we applied a capital unit cost change factor of -18.4% to restate the IFCFootnote2 to current dollars ”
- Provide a revised response to Northwestel(CRTC)16Feb21-2 TN 1099 ATT 1 APP 1 CONF with the capital unit cost change factor for fibre electronics set to minus 26.4%.
- Refer to paragraph 39 ii) of Northwestel(CRTC)16Feb21-2 TN 1099 ATT 2Footnote3 CONF where the company indicated that “for fibre electronics (core and aggregation routes), we applied a capital unit cost change factor of -18.4% to restate the IFC to current dollars ”
- Provide a revised response to Northwestel(CRTC)16Feb21-2 TN 1099 ATT 2 APP 1 CONF with the capital unit cost change factor for fibre electronics set to minus 26.4%.
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