Telecom - Commission Letter addressed to Imran Khan (Northwestel Inc.)

Ottawa, 22 August 2022

Our reference: 8740-N1-202203850


Imran Khan
Chief Financial Officer & Vice-President
Northwestel Inc.
P.O. Box 2727
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 4Y4

Subject: Northwestel Inc. Tariff Notice 1157 - Fiber Construction for Enterprise Services

Imran Khan:

On 12 July 2022, the Commission received an application from Northwestel Inc. (Northwestel), under Tariff Notice (TN) 1157 in which the company proposed changes to Northwestel's General Tariff CRTC 3001 to introduce new Item 309 - Fibre Construction for Enterprise Services.

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.

Northwestel is requested to provide comprehensive answers, including rationale and any supporting information, to the attached questions by 31 August 2022.

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 relevant information qualifies for designation as 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.

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 “Telecom Cover page” located on this web page. 

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


Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Dispute Resolution & Regulatory Implementation
Telecommunications Sector

c.c.: Christine Brock, CRTC, 873-353-5852,

Attach. (1)

Request for Information

Northwestel is proposing to introduce General Tariff CRTC 3001 Item 309 - Fibre Construction for Enterprise Services.

  1. Explain, with supporting rationale, how the company will recover the costs associated with the additional construction.
  2. Does the company anticipate that the use of its discretion could result in a situation where customers in similar circumstances could be treated differently in terms of the waiving of additional construction charges? If so, describe such a situation and why such different treatment would be appropriate and would not be considered unjustly discriminatory or confer an undue preference onto the company or to certain customers. If not, explain why not.
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