CRTC Denies Northwestel Request for Forbearance of Regulation of Wholesale Connect Service in NWT

Yesterday (Aug 24) the CRTC released its decision denying Northwestel’s request to be forborne from regulation of the Wholesale Connect service in light of the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link. From the CRTC’s announcement:

The Commission denies an application by Northwestel for requesting forbearance from the regulation of its Wholesale Connect service in the communities served by the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link network. The Commission considers that forbearance would not be in the public interest of users in the affected communities.

Here are links to the relevant decisions:

During the public comment phase of this request a few months ago, the FMCC submitted comments proposing that the CRTC reject this application. Read about our intervention here.