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CRTC calls for input to fix @northwestel #telecom services in Nunavut #NWT #Yukon #Nunavik

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    [excerpt] ... NorthwesTel, which is a subsidiary of Montreal-based BCE Inc., is often the only choice for residential and business customers in Yukon, the
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      "... NorthwesTel, which is a subsidiary of Montreal-based BCE Inc., is
      often the only choice for residential and business customers in Yukon, the
      Northwest Territories and Nunavut. NorthwesTel also serves northern areas
      of British Columbia and Alberta.

      The CRTC’s goal is to provide northern Canadians with communications
      services that are on par with those in the rest of the country. About
      107,200 people live across the three territories. A persistent lack of
      affordable telecom choices and modern networks are barriers to providing
      basic services such as banking, health care, education and policing.

      A robust communications infrastructure is seen as crucial to ensuring
      Canada’s Arctic sovereignty and spurring economic development – both
      priorities for the federal government. In spite of a burst of investment
      from mining and exploration companies, the dearth of communications
      infrastructure remains a stumbling block for northern businesses.

      “Canadians expect to have a choice of high-quality telecommunications
      services, regardless of where they live,” CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais
      said. “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.”

      The CRTC has grown increasingly impatient with NorthwesTel in recent
      years, noting it “failed to make the necessary investments in its network”
      despite receiving about $20-million a year in contribution subsidies to
      improve local telephone services.

      That frustration culminated in a December, 2011, decision by the CRTC that
      opened up the North to local telephone competition, prompting companies
      such as Iristel Inc. and SSI Micro to announce plans to offer competitive
      services.

      “Northwestel is proud of its long history of providing state-of-the-art
      communications services to Northerners across some of the most challenging
      terrain in the world, and we encourage Northerners to participate in the
      CRTC consultations,” spokeswoman Emily Younker said in an e-mail.

      “Canadians expect to have a choice of high-quality telecommunications
      services, regardless of where they live,” CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais
      said. “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.”..."
      Full story
      http://m.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/crtc-to-tackle-subpar-telecom-service-in-canadas-north/article6032893/?service=mobile

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      http://www.scoop.it/t/nwt-news/p/3631326683/crtc-calls-for-input-to-fix-telecom-services-in-north-the-globe-and-mail
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