CRTC invites Canadians to comment on northern telecommunications services

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OTTAWA-GATINEAU, December 6, 2012 — Today, the Canadian Radio-television
and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) launched a public consultation on
the telecommunications services that Northwestel provides to northern
Canadians. Following this consultation, a public hearing will be held on
June 17, 2013, in Inuvik, Northwest Territories and June 19, 2013, in
Whitehorse, Yukon."Canadians expect to have a choice of high-quality telecommunications
services, regardless of where they live," said Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman
of the CRTC. "Last year, we expressed concern about the services available
to northern Canadians and required Northwestel to develop a plan to
modernize its aging network. The consultation launched today will allow us
to conduct a comprehensive review of Northwestel’s services and its
planned improvements."
Northwestel provides telecommunications services in the Yukon, the
Northwest Territories, Nunavut, northern British Columbia and northern
Alberta. The company has proposed to make investments in its network to
improve the availability of enhanced calling features and wireless and
high-speed Internet services, among other initiatives. Northwestel must
update its plan by January 16, 2013.
Canadians are invited to share their views on questions related to:
• Northwestel’s modernization plan
• the regulations that Northwestel must follow 
• the appropriate subsidy regime to fund telecommunications services in the
North, and 
• the implementation of competition in the North.
Comments will be accepted until May 9, 2013. Canadians can participate in
this proceeding, including the public hearing, by:
• filling out the online form ( 
• writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2, or 
• sending a fax, at 819-994-0218.
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-669
Reference documents:
News release, “CRTC opens Canada’s North to local telephone competition,” December 14, 2011
Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC-771

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