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Telecom Public Notice CRTC 98-8

  Ottawa, 4 May 1998


  Reference : 8640-T3-01/98
  Telesat Canada (Telesat) filed an application seeking complete and unconditional forbearance from the regulation of RF Channel services on Fixed Satellite facilities effective 1 March 2000. Such forbearance would coincide with the effective date of Canada's commitment under the World Trade Organization/General Agreement on Trade in Services (WTO/GATS) Trade Agreement for Basic Telecommunications Services to end Telesat's Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) monopoly. Telesat requested expedited treatment of its application. The application, dated 13 March 1998, is pursuant to section 34 of the Telecommunications Act.
  Telesat indicated that its services will face immediate and direct competition in a fully liberalized market for FSS. Telesat provided its analysis of the current and expected state of competition in the provision of RF Channel services in relation to the criteria for forbearance established by the Commission. RF Channel services include Full Period, Partial Channel and Occasional Use Fixed Satellite Services as set out in Telesat's General and Special Assembly Tariffs.
  Telesat proposed that the Commission issue a Public Notice on the application, allowing 30 days for comment by parties and 14 days for Telesat to reply. Canadian Satellite Communications Inc. and the Canadian Satellite Users Association provided comments on the proposed procedure. They advocated a more complete process with the opportunity for parties to file evidence, pose interrogatories and provide comment.
  Having considered the above submissions, the Commission announces the following procedure to deal with issues raised by Telesat's application.
  The application may be examined at Telesat's business office, 1601 Telesat Court, Gloucester, Ontario, or at the offices of the CRTC in the following locations:
  Central Building
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
1 Promenade du Portage
Room 201
Hull, Quebec
  Bank of Commerce Building
1809 Barrington Street
Suite 1007
Halifax, Nova Scotia
  Place Montréal Trust
1800 McGill College Avenue
Suite 1920
Montréal, Quebec
  275 Portage Avenue
Suite 1810
Winnipeg, Manitoba
  580 Hornby Street
Suite 530
Vancouver, British Columbia
  Interested persons may obtain a copy of the application upon request directed to Telesat at the address noted below.
  The mailing addresses to be used in connection with this proceeding are:
  Mrs. Laura M. Talbot-Allan
Secretary General and
Chief Operating Officer
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0N2
Fax: (819) 953-0795
  Mr. Robert Power
Director, Regulatory Matters
Telesat Canada
1601 Telesat Court
Gloucester, Ontario
K1B 5P4
Fax: (613) 748-8825
  Parties wishing to participate in the proceeding must notify the Commission of their intention to do so by writing to the address above by 22 May 1998. Parties are to indicate in the notice their Internet email address, if available. If parties do not have access to the Internet, they are to indicate in their notice whether they wish to receive disk versions of hard copy filings. The Commission will issue a complete list of parties and their mailing addresses (including Internet email addresses if available), identifying those parties who wish to receive disk versions.
  Parties may address interrogatories to Telesat. Parties must file the interrogatories with the Commission and serve them on Telesat by 22 May 1998.
  Telesat is to file its response to interrogatories, serving a copy on all interested parties, by 12 June 1998.
  Parties may file final comments with the Commission, serving a copy on Telesat, by 3 July 1998.
  Telesat may file reply comments with the Commission, serving copies on interested parties, by 17 July 1998.
  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
  Where a document is to be filed or served by a specific date, the document must be actually received, not merely sent, by that date.
  This document is available in alternative format upon request.
  Laura M. Talbot-Allan
Secretary General
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