Telecom Order CRTC 2022-315
Ottawa, 18 November 2022
Public record: 1011-NOC2019-0372
Broadband Fund – Acceptance of statement of work for East Shore Internet Society’s access project in British Columbia
- InTelecom Decision 2022-88, the Commission awarded up to $1,340,987 to East Shore Internet Society (ESIS) to build and/or upgrade local fixed access infrastructure for the project proposed in its application 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 ESIS.
- The Commission received ESIS’s proposed statement of work, including the information package regarding its access project in British Columbia (the project).
ESIS’s request for an increase in funding
- During the development of its statement of work, ESIS submitted a request for a $185,181 increase in funding for the project. ESIS submitted that this request was due to inflationary pressures in acquiring equipment, fibre, material, and third-party labour, as well as in building access to eight additional households.
- The Commission is satisfied that this request is well supported in the particular circumstances of this project. Accordingly, the Commission approves funding for up to $1,526,168 for the project.
The statement of work
- Having reviewed the documents submitted, the Commission approves the finalized statement of work and will provide it separately and in confidence to ESIS.
- Provided that ESIS complies with all conditions of funding set out in Telecom Decision 2021-251, constructs the project as described in Schedule A: Statement 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 ESIS in respect of the project. Failure to comply with these conditions and requirements could result in funding being delayed or not being disbursed.
- The Commission reminds ESIS of the condition of funding set out in subparagraph 35(f) of Telecom Decision 2021-251. This condition is that if ESIS becomes aware of a risk of adverse impact on an Aboriginal or treaty right and a duty to consult exists, ESIS 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 ESIS demonstrating that any necessary consultations were held to the Crown’s satisfaction.
- ESIS is required to submit, quarterly, a progress report and expense claim beginning no later than 16 February 2023, or as otherwise agreed to with the Commission, and every three months thereafter until the project is completed.
- Further, in accordance with the Commission’s determinations in Telecom Decision 2021-251, ESIS must offer and provide broadband services using facilities funded through the Broadband Fund once the infrastructure is built, as committed to in its application and approved in Schedule B: Project Services.
- 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 project described in this order is consistent with the Policy Directions. Specifically, the decision to allocate funding towards improving broadband services in British Columbia 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
- Broadband Fund – Project funding approval for East Shore Internet Society’s access project in British Columbia, Telecom Decision CRTC 2022-88, 29 March 2022
- Broadband Fund – Second call for applications – Introductory decision regarding the third round of project funding approvals, Telecom Decision CRTC 2021-251, 4 August 2021
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