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Our file: 8695-C12-19/02
Ottawa, 30 May 2002
Subject: Northwestel Inc. - Initial annual review of supplemental funding, Telecom Public Notice CRTC 2002-1 - Request for deferment
By letter dated 27 May 2002, Northwestel Inc. (Northwestel) notified the Commission and all interested parties that, as of that date, its union members had commenced a work stoppage and that all management staff had been given emergency work assignments. As such, Northwestel has requested an immediate deferment of the proceeding initiated by Northwestel Inc. - Initial annual review of supplemental funding, Telecom Public Notice CRTC 2002-1, 1 March 2002 (Public Notice 2002-1, as amended by a Commission staff letter dated 16 May 2002), until a settlement is reached and its union members return to work.
By letter dated 28 May 2002, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) indicated that it does not oppose the deferment requested by Northwestel. However, given that there are a number of urgent matters before the Commission in this proceeding, GNWT proposed that the proceeding should be resumed at the earliest possible time following the resolution of the current strike situation.
Under the circumstances, Northwestel's request for a deferral is reasonable and is granted. However, in keeping with GNWT's request that the proceeding should be resumed at the earliest possible time following the resolution of the current strike situation, the company is asked to notify the Commission and all interested parties to the Public Notice 2002-1 proceeding of the return to work of its union members, no later than seven days after this event takes place. At that time, the company should indicate when it would be able to provide (a) its responses to the interrogatories posed by the Commission and interested parties pursuant to paragraph 24 of Public Notice 2002-1 and (b) updates/revisions to its submission and initial interrogatory responses dated 12 April 2002, if required. The company should also propose revised milestones for the remainder of the process, which is outlined in paragraphs 1 through 6 of the Commission staff letter dated 16 May 2002. All of this information is to be sent to the Commission and interested parties to the Public Notice 2002-1 proceeding no later than seven days after union members return to work.
A Commission staff letter detailing the remaining process and milestones will be sent to the company and all interested parties as soon as possible after Northwestel's notification letter noted above is received.
c.c.: Jim MacKay, CRTC (819) 953-8454