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Ottawa, 13 March 1996
Decision CRTC 96-82
Bragg Communications Incorporated
Bridgewater, Blockhouse, Lunenburg and surrounding areas, Nova Scotia - 951665900
 Change to licensed service area
Following Public Notice CRTC 1995-215 dated 13 December 1995, the Commis- sion approves the application by Bragg Communications Incorporated (Bragg) to change the licensed area for the cable distribution undertaking serving the above-noted areas by including Blue Rocks and Stonehurst, for a total of 180 additional households.
An intervention opposing this application was filed by Tancook Island Television System Limited (Tancook), licensee of a neighbouring subscription-based radio- communication distribution undertaking. The intervener indicated that the areas that Bragg has applied to serve are already included in Tancook's authorized service area and are central to its own plans to eventually offer a cable service. In reply, Bragg indicated that it had submitted its application following numerous requests for service from residents of the area who have been waiting a number of years for Tancook to provide service.

The Commission acknowledges four interventions received in support of the application by Bragg, including a petition of 130 signatures.
The Commission has carefully con- sidered the arguments put forth by the intervener. The Commission is of the view that, consistent with the approach outlined in its 19 May 1995 report to the Government following the Information Highway proceeding, the public interest would be best served by approval of the Bragg application.
This authority will only be effective and the licence will only be amended at such time as construction in the extended area is completed and the licensee is prepared to commence operation. If the construction is not completed within twelve months of the date of this deci- sion or, where the licensee applies to the Commission within this period and satis- fies the Commission that it cannot com- plete construction throughout the exten- ded system and commence operation before the expiry of this period and that an extension of time is in the public interest, within such further period of time as is approved in writing by the Commission, the licence will not be amended. The licensee is required to advise the Commission (before the expiry of the twelve-month period or any extension thereof) in writing, once it has completed construction and is prepared to commence operation.
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
 Allan J. Darling
 Secretary General

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