Telecom Order CRTC 2022-191
Ottawa, 19 July 2022
Public record: 1011-NOC2019-0372
Broadband Fund – Acceptance of statements of work for ATG Arrow Technology Group Limited Partnership’s access projects in Alberta
- In Broadband Fund – Project funding approval for ATG Arrow Technology Group Limited Partnership’s access projects in Alberta (Louis Bull 138B, Child Lake 164A, and Boyer 164), Telecom Decision CRTC 2021-416 encompassing Telecom Decisions CRTC 2021-417, 2021-418, and 2021-419, 16 December 2021, the Commission awarded up to $7,863,772 to ATG Arrow Technology Group Limited Partnership (Arrow) to build and/or upgrade local fixed access infrastructure in a total of three communities in Alberta for the projects proposed in its applications filed in response to the second call for applications for funding from the Broadband Fund. The Commission later received written acceptance of this funding award from Arrow.
- The Commission received Arrow’s proposed statements of work, including the information packages regarding its access projects in Alberta (the projects).
- Having reviewed the documents submitted, the Commission approves the finalized statements of work and will provide them separately and in confidence to Arrow.
- Provided that Arrow complies with all conditions of funding set out in Telecom Decision 2021-416, constructs the projects as described in their respective Schedule A: Statements of Work, and complies with all procedural requirements to submit reports, invoices, and requests for funding, the Commission will direct the Central Fund Administrator to make payments to Arrow in respect of the projects. Failure to comply with these conditions and requirements could result in funding being delayed or not being disbursed.
- The Commission reminds Arrow of the condition of funding set out in subparagraph 37(f) of Telecom Decision 2021-416. This condition is that if Arrow becomes aware of a risk of adverse impact on an Aboriginal or treaty right and a duty to consult exists, Arrow must advise the Commission within 20 days and submit a plan detailing the form and process for fulfilment of the duty. Should such circumstances arise, the release of any additional funding will be contingent on Arrow demonstrating that any necessary consultations were held to the Crown’s satisfaction.
- Arrow is required to submit, quarterly, a progress report and expense claim for each project beginning no later than 17 October 2022 or as otherwise agreed to with the Commission, and every three months thereafter until the respective projects are completed.
- Further, in accordance with the Commission’s determinations in Telecom Decision 2021-416, Arrow must offer and provide broadband services using facilities funded through the Broadband Fund once the infrastructure is built, as committed to in its applications and approved in Schedule B: Project Services of each application.
- The 2006 Policy DirectionFootnote 1 and the 2019 Policy DirectionFootnote 2 (collectively, the Policy Directions) state that the Commission, in exercising its powers and performing its duties under the Telecommunications Act (the Act), shall implement the telecommunications policy objectives set out in section 7 of the Act, in accordance with the considerations set out therein,Footnote 3 and should specify how its decisions can, as applicable, promote competition, affordability, consumer interests, and innovation.
- The Commission considers that its approval of funding from the Broadband Fund for the projects described in this order is consistent with the Policy Directions. Specifically, the decision to allocate funding towards improving broadband services in Alberta will help to close the gap in connectivity in underserved areas and will respond to the social and economic needs of consumers. In doing so, this order will implement the telecommunications policy objectives, including those set out in paragraphs 7(a), (b), and (h) of the Act.Footnote 4
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