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Public Notice CRTC 2000-124

  Ottawa, 25 August 2000

Seeking public input on access to multi-dwelling units, in-building wiring and riser space

  Reference: 8644-C12-03/00
  The CRTC is seeking public input to suggest a fair regulatory approach to provide telephone and cable companies with access to multi-dwelling units.
  Current government policy supports end-user choice among broadcasting and telecommunications service providers in apartment buildings and office complexes.
  The public is invited to comment on how the Commission may regulate possible fees, charges, or other terms and conditions that could be introduced.


Eastlink/Norigen Part VII applications - Access to in-building wire, dated 5 June 2000, made a number of determinations related to the ability of competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) to connect to in-building wiring controlled by Bell Canada and Maritime Tel & Tel Limited. The letter decision approved moving the demarcation point to the main terminal room in certain circumstances and an interim rate of $1 per month per channel for each in-building wire connection. The Commission also directed CLECs and other incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) owning or controlling in-building wiring in a multi-dwelling unit to show cause why the same regime should not apply to them.


The 5 June 2000 decision reiterated the Commission's intention in Location of demarcation point for inside wire in multi-dwelling units and associated issues, Telecom Decision CRTC 99-10, to initiate a proceeding to examine issues surrounding fees, terms and conditions under which all local exchange carriers (LECs) may:

a) connect to in-building wire controlled by building owners or owned and controlled by other LECs; or


b) gain access to building riser space to install their own in-building wire.


The Commission notes that similar issues could arise for coaxial facilities currently utilized by competing broadcasting distribution undertakings (BDUs). As a result, the Commission will also consider these issues in respect of the facilities employed by BDUs in the provision of their services.

Comments invited on fees, charges and terms for access


The Commission invites comment on the regulatory approach (including possible fees, charges or other terms and conditions) that should be used to facilitate non-discriminatory access and customer choice in multi-dwelling units. Proposals should be consistent with previous Commission decisions, policies and the broadcasting and telecommunications policy objectives set out in section 3 of the Broadcasting Act and section 7 of the Telecommunications Act.


In addition to other issues and approaches that parties may identify, the Commission invites comment on the following:

a) Commission-specified terms and conditions, including payment of fees, pursuant to section 24 of the Telecommunications Act or by such other meansas are available for:


i) access to the main terminal room;


ii) access to riser space to install in-building wire for the LEC's or BDUs' own use;


iii) access to other areas of the building that a LEC or BDU may require;


iv) connection to in-building wire controlled by the building owner; and


v) connection to in-building wire controlled by the LEC or BDU.


b) Commission-specified terms, conditions and charges payable between LECs where alternative access arrangements are required, other than unbundled loops from the central office or direct connection of LEC or BDU facilities to in-building wire (e.g., access at the first available underground chamber outside a building).


c) As an alternative to specifying terms, conditions and fees payable as in i) and ii) above, issuance by the Commission of guidelines on the appropriate terms, conditions and types of costs eligible for recovery that BDUs or LECs and building owners can use as the basis for negotiating in-building wire, riser space and meter room space agreements.


d) Issues outstanding from Decision 99-10 that the Commission stated it consider in this proceeding such as unilaterally assigning between LECs the in-building wire controlled by building owners or LECs.


Parties are invited to identify the advantages, disadvantages and implications of the approaches noted above, and of other approaches they may identify.


Interested parties are invited to comment on the scope and nature of the Commission's jurisdiction to set the terms and conditions of access, as discussed above.

Filing schedule for interested parties


Parties wishing to participate in this proceeding must notify the Commission of their intention to do so by writing to Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2, fax: (819) 953-0795, by 8 September 2000. Parties are to indicate in the notice their email address, where 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, as soon as possible after the registration date, a complete list of parties and their mailing address (including their email address, if available), identifying those parties who wish to receive disk versions.


Parties may file submissions with the Commission, serving copies on each other, by 25 September 2000.


Parties may address interrogatories to other parties, filing copies with the Commission, by 10 October 2000. Responses to the interrogatories are to be filed with the Commission, with copies served on all parties by 23 October 2000.


Requests by 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 in each case the reasons for disclosure, must be filed with the Commission, and served on all interested parties by 30 October 2000.


Written responses to requests for further responses to interrogatories and for public disclosure must be filed with the Commission and served on the party making the request by 6 November 2000.


Requests for disclosure and for further information will be dealt with as soon as possible, and it is expected that any information to be provided pursuant to that disposition be filed with the Commission and served on all parties to the proceeding by 27 November 2000.


All parties may file comments with the Commission, serving copies on all other parties by 4 December 2000.


All parties may file replies to any comments made, serving copies on all parties who filed comments, by 13 December 2000.


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.


Parties wishing to file an electronic version of their submissions can do so by email or on diskette. The Commission email address is  


The electronic version should be in the HTML format. As an alternative, those making submissions may use "Microsoft Word" for text and "Microsoft Excel" for spreadsheets.


Please number each paragraph of your submission. In addition, please enter the line ***End of document*** following the last paragraph. This will help the Commission verify that the document has not been damaged during transmission.


The Commission will make submissions filed in electronic form available on its web site at in the official language and format in which they are submitted. This will make it easier for members of the public to consult the documents.


The Commission also encourages interested parties to monitor the public examination file (and/or the Commission's web site) for additional information that they may find useful when preparing their submissions.


The record of this proceeding may be examined or will be made available promptly upon request at the Commission offices during normal business hours:
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