OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - 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:
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-669
News release, "CRTC opens Canada's North to local telephone
competition," December 14, 2011
Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC-771
The CRTC is an administrative tribunal that regulates and supervises
broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.
SOURCE: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
For further information:
Tel: 819-997-9403; Fax: 819-997-4245
Tel: 819-997-0313; TDD: 819-994-0423; Fax: 819-994-0218
Toll-free # 1-877-249-CRTC (2782)
TDD - Toll-free # 1-877-909-CRTC (2782)
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