ICE Wireless and Iristel speak out on NorthwesTel's proposed "modernization" plan
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - Reactions to NorthwesTel's proposed "modernization" plan continue to trickle out and Monday it was ICE Wireless and Iristel responding to it.
The company claims NorthwesTel's parent company, Bell Canada, is attempting to funnel money to them in an attempt to keep competition out of the North.
The president of ICE Wireless and Iristel, Samer Bishay, said the way the North currently operates doesn't work.
"What has happened historically speaking, monopolies don’t work we’ve seen it many times over and it just creates an unfair ground for competition to happen."
ICE Wireless is hoping the CRTC will see through Bell's plan and not approve the 40 million dollar transfer.
The vice president of corporate development, Cameron Zubko, said the competition will be good for the North.
"A lot of us have become accustomed to this environment, but it doesn’t have to be like this. With a competitive market environment in the North you will see a drop in prices right across the board and that’s what ICE Wireless and Iristel intend to provide."
In an interview last week, NorthwesTel said their intention is to improve connections and to go above and beyond CRTC requirements when it comes to service in the North.
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