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Telecom Public Notice

Ottawa, 15 September 1997
Telecom Public Notice CRTC 97-32
1. The Commission has received an application for forbearance from regulation of the installation, maintenance and repair of inside wiring, pursuant to section 34 of the Telecommunications Act (the Act) by Télébec ltée (Télébec). Télébec has requested forbearance from sections 24, 25, 27, 29, and 31 of the Act.
2. In Télébec ltée - Development Plan for 1995-1999, and Revenue Requirement for 1995, Telecom Decision CRTC 94-26, 29 November 1994, (Decision 94-26), the Commission transferred to subscribers the responsibility for installing and maintaining inside wire and denied an inside wiring insurance plan proposed by Télébec.
3. The Commission has approved tariffs for inside wire work as proposed by Télébec. Télébec claims that the currently approved rates cause the company to lose market share.
4. The Commission recently issued New Regulatory Framework for Broadcasting Distribution Undertakings, Public Notice CRTC 1997-25, 11 March 1997 (Public Notice 1997-25), and Proposed Broadcasting Distribution Regulations, Public Notice CRTC 1997-84, 2 July 1997 (Public Notice 1997-84).
5. The Commission invites comments on issues relating to the forbearance from regulation of Télébec's services relating to the installation, maintenance and repair to inside wiring. In addition to any general comments, parties are also asked to address the following issues:
(1) whether the market for inside wire services is sufficiently competitive for the Commission to forbear from regulation of these services;
(2) the allocation of inside wiring revenues and expenses to the appropriate Phase III Broad Service Category if the Commission were to forbear from the regulation of inside wiring services of the company;
(3) whether, with forbearance, subscribers would continue to be responsible for inside wire, and whether Télébec should be allowed to offer maintenance and insurance plans for inside wiring;
(4) whether Télébec's authorization would be required for a subscriber to use inside wire for services not provided by Télébec;
(5) whether forbearance should be limited to twisted copper wire installations, or whether forbearance should also extend to any other inside wiring system that Télébec may wish to deploy;
(6) whether, if forbearance is appropriate, any conditions should be imposed that would continue to apply to Télébec; and
(7) whether the Commission should have regard to its proposals for the treatment of inside wire in Public Notices 1997-25 and 1997-84 when considering this application.
6. The Commission has issued interrogatories to Télébec, requesting that responses be filed by 15 October 1997.
7. The application by Télébec and the Commission interrogatories may be examined at the offices of the Commission in Ottawa and Montréal, and at Télébec's office in Montréal, at the following locations: Central Building
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
1 Promenade du Portage
Room 201
Hull, Quebec
Place Montréal Trust
1800 McGill College Avenue
Suite 1920
Montréal, Quebec
Télébec ltée
7151 Jean-Talon East
Suite 506
Anjou, Quebec
8. Télébec is made a party to this proceeding.
9. Other persons wishing to participate in this proceeding must notify the Commission of their intention to do so by writing to Mrs. Laura Talbot-Allan, Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2, fax: (819) 953-0795, by 6 October 1997. The Commission will issue a complete list of parties and their mailing addresses.
10. Interested parties, including the applicant, may file comments with the Commission on the issues raised in this Public Notice, serving copies on all other parties, by 3 November 1997.
11. Interested parties, including the applicant, may file reply comments with the Commission, serving copies on all other parties, by 21 November 1997.
12. Where a document is to be filed or served by a specific date, the document must actually be received, not merely mailed, by that date.
13. 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 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
This document is available in alternative format upon request.
Laura M. Talbot-Allan
Secretary General
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