Telecom - Staff Letter - Letter addressed to Philippe Gauvin (NorthernTel, Limited Partnership)

Ottawa, 30 January 2023

Our reference: 8740-N51-202210053


Philippe Gauvin
Assistant General Counsel
NorthernTel, Limited Partnership
19th Floor – 160 Elgin street
Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2C4

Subject: NorthernTel, Limited Partnership Tariff Notice 414 –Business Services – reclassification as a Group B application

On 30 December 2022, the Commission received an application from NorthernTel, Limited Partnership (NorthernTel), proposing changes to its General Tariff Section N900 - NTL Private Plan Inter-Office Digital Channels.

NorthernTel submitted that this tariff filing is a Group A filing, indicating that it pertains to changes to previously approved rates for an existing retail tariffed service where the revised rates comply with the Commission's price regulation rules.

Commission staff is of the view that the application does not comply with the requirement in Approval processes for tariff applications and intercarrier agreements, Telecom Information Bulletin 2010-455-1, 19 February 2016 that the revision be restricted to proposing changes to previously approved rates for retail services. Specifically, rather than proposing a rate change to a previously approved rate, the introduction of rate ranges changes how customers could potentially be charged for this service.

For efficiency, the Commission will process this application as a Group B tariff filing rather than close the file and require the company to refile it as a new application. As such, interested parties may file interventions within 30 calendar days of the date of this letter, and NorthernTel may file reply comments within 10 calendar days of the deadline for filing interventions. Accordingly, the application will not come into effect 1 January 2023 as proposed by the company.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Dispute Resolution & Regulatory Implementation

Christine Brock, CRTC, 873-353-5852,

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