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Telecom Public Notice

Ottawa, 19 February 1997
Telecom Public Notice CRTC 97-7
On 26 April 1994, as a result of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Attorney-General of Quebec et al. v. Téléphone Guèvremont Inc., the independent telephone companies in Canada were brought under the Commission's jurisdiction.
In Regulatory Framework for the Independent Telephone Companies in Quebec and Ontario (Except Ontario Northland Transportation Commission), Telecom Public Notice CRTC 95-15, 23 March 1995 (PN 95-15), the Commission determined that owing to the unique circumstances of Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (the telecommunications operating division of which is now known as O.N. Tel), an appropriate regulatory framework for O.N. Tel could be better established in a separate proceeding at a later date.
The Commission hereby initiates a proceeding to deal with the regulatory framework for O.N. Tel.
In Regulatory Framework for Québec-Téléphone and Télébec ltée, Telecom Decision CRTC 96-5, 7 August 1996 (Decision 96-5), the Commission established a regulatory framework applicable to Québec-Téléphone and Télébec ltée.
The Commission notes that Québec-Téléphone is a provider of long distance services for local exchanges served by Le Téléphone de St-Éphrem Inc. and La Compagnie de Téléphone de St-Victor, two small independent telephone companies adjoining Québec-Téléphone's operating territory. Similarly, O.N. Tel is a toll provider for the local exchanges served by Abitibi-Price Inc. (Abitibi-Price), Cochrane Public Utilities Commission (Cochrane) and Northern Telephone Limited (Northern).
The Commission is of the preliminary view that the regulatory framework established for Québec-Téléphone in Decision 96-5 could apply to O.N. Tel as of 1 January 1998 (including a $2.00 increase in local rates effective 1 January 1998 and 1999 respectively).
The Commission, as it stated in PN 95-15, is mindful of the workload that regulation may impose on smaller independents. In seeking an appropriate regulatory framework for O.N. Tel, it is guided by the desire to impose the minimum burden necessary while properly fulfilling its mandate under the Telecommunications Act (the Act).
1. Abitibi-Price, Cochrane and Northern are made parties to this proceeding.
2. Parties wishing to participate in this proceeding must notify the Commission of their intention to do so by writing to Mr. Allan J. Darling, Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2, fax: (819) 953-0795, by 21 March 1997. The Commission will issue a complete list of interested parties and their mailing addresses shortly thereafter.
3. Parties wishing to comment in this proceeding, but who do not wish to participate otherwise, may do so by writing to the Commission by 21 April 1997. Copies of any such letters will be placed on the public record.
4. By letter to be issued by 21 February 1997, the Commission has addressed interrogatories to O.N. Tel. O.N. Tel is directed to file responses with the Commission serving copies on all interested parties by 21 April 1997.
5. O.N. Tel is therefore directed to indicate by 21 April 1997 why any part of the suggested framework should not apply to it. If there are particular variations from the recommended framework that may be more appropriate, O.N. Tel should identify them, provide reasons for its choices and describe how the variations would be applied. O.N. Tel is to serve copies on all the interested parties.
6. Interested parties supporting the Commission's preliminary view or proposing models other than that outlined in Decision 96-5 are to explain by 21 April 1997 what unique circumstances would justify these differences, and, how their model would be consistent with the Commission's mandate under the Act serving copies on all interested parties.
7. Interested parties may address interrogatories to O.N. Tel or to any party submitting a model under step 6 noted above. Any such interrogatories must be filed with the Commission and served on the company by 20 May 1997. O.N. Tel is directed to file responses with the Commission serving copies on all interested parties by 19 June 1997.
8. Requests by interested parties for further responses to their interrogatories, specifying in each case why a further response is both relevant and necessary, and requests for public disclosure of information for which confidentiality has been claimed, setting out the reasons for disclosure, must be filed with the Commission and served on O.N. Tel by 26 June 1997.
9. Written responses to requests for further responses and for public disclosure must be filed with the Commission and served on the interested party making the request by 3 July 1997
10. The Commission will issue a determination with respect to requests for further responses and for disclosure as soon as possible.
11. Parties may file comments with the Commission, serving copies on all other parties, by 24 July 1997.
12. Parties may file replies with the Commission to any comments, serving copies on all other parties, by 5 August 1997.
13. Where a document is to be filed or served by a specific date, the document must be actually received, not merely mailed, by that date. In addition to hard copy filings, parties are encouraged to file with the Commission electronic versions of their submissions in accordance with the Commission's Interim Telecom Guidelines for the Handling of Machine-Readable Files, dated 30 November 1995. The Commission's Internet email address for electronically filed documents is Electronically filed documents can be accessed at the Commission's Internet site at

Allan J. Darling
Secretary General
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