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News | 11/25/2004 5:00 am EST

Northwestel supplemental funding process begins
The CRTC has initiated in Telecom Public Notice 2004-6 a process to determine Northwestel Inc.’s 2004 and 2005 supplemental funding requirements. The process will also seek to assess the rollout of the company’s service improvement plan, and its recent quality of service results. In particular, the review will include an assessment of a) variances in the company’s capital plan, b) productivity measures, c) any changes to depreciation life characteristics, d) equal access expenditures, e) the rollout of the company’s service improvement plan, f) recent quality of service results, g) rollout of long distance competition, and h) major significant matters that may have a material impact on the company’s supplemental funding. In Telecom Decision 2004-64, amended by Telecom Decision 2004-64-1, the commission approved on a final basis 2003 supplemental funding of $9.6 million and set an interim rate for 2004 of $9.6 million. Comments are due on March 24, 2005.

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