Northwestel agrees to make internet, mobile wireless improvements to benefit Northerners

Thursday 13 June 2019 | 10:31 CET | News

Canada's telecommunications authority CRTC reached a settlement with local operator Northwestel following the operator's contravention of the Telecommunications Act. Under the terms of the settlement, the operator agreed to spend CAD 5 million in new and unplanned investments to upgrade its network infrastructure. Over a period of seven years, Northwestel failed to obtain the CRTC’s approval for the rates it charged for nine telecommunications services. Northwestel brought the non-compliance to the Commission’s attention.

Commission staff and Northwestel reached a settlement that directs the investments in a manner that meaningfully benefits the northern communities Northwestel serves. Specifically, Northwestel will invest CAD 3 million to bring fibre to First Nation offices, schools, health centres and government offices in Yukon, the Northwest Territories and northern British Columbia, as well as CAD 2 million dollars to expand cellphone service along highways and major roads in Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Northwestel committed to finishing construction of the projects within three years.

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Categories: Internet / Mobile & Wireless
Companies: CRTC
Countries: Canada
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