The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today required Northwestel to lower the rates for certain residential Internet services by 10 to 30%.

Northern Canadians who are clients of Northwestel could see a reduction applied to their monthly Internet bills by May 4, 2015.

The list of changes to Northwestel’s fees is comprehensive. It includes lowering charges for additional data usage by residential customers who go over their usage allowance by at least $0.50 per gigabyte, and eliminating additional fees charged to customers who subscribe to stand-alone Internet services rather than services as part of a bundle with telephone service.

According to the CRTC, Northwestel will not be able to increase any residential Internet rates until the end of 2017 at the earliest, and will need to seek the CRTC's permission before doing so.

As stated by Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC, access to reasonably priced Internet services plays an essential role in the North's economic and social development.