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Ottawa, 21 December 2001

Our files: 8678-C12-10/01

BY TELECOPIER: (514) 842-9983

Eve-Lyne H. Fecteau
Franklin S. Gertler, Avocats
240 St-Jacques Street, Suite 600
Montreal, QC
H2Y 1L9

Subject: Implementation of price cap regulation for Québec-Téléphone - [TELUS Québec] and Télébec, Public Notice CRTC 2001-36
Your file: 1500-005

Dear Ms. Fecteau,

This letter is in response to yours of 12 December 2001 requesting that the Commission not consider the document submitted by TELUS Québec as an appendix to its reply argument of 11 December 2001, and stating that ARC et al. would wish to comment on the said document.

Commission staff notes that TELUS Québec filed the document in question in response to a comment regarding affordability of service raised by ARC et al. in its final argument. We also note that it is a public document, already filed with the Commission, and has been available on the Commission's Web site since March 2001. This public document is therefore accessible to everyone, and has been for a fairly long period of time.

Also, the Commission notes that Public Notice CRTC 2001-36 does not specifically mention affordability of service as a matter upon which comments were sought. However, in general terms, the proceeding addresses the setting of just and reasonable rates in accordance with section 27 of the Telecommunications Act. The Commission has received many comments on this matter from the interested parties and the general public. These comments will be considered when such rates are set.

Under the circumstances, we feel that it would not be appropriate to remove the document in question from the public record, but we believe the Commission can determine what weight, if any, should be accorded to it. Considering the aforementioned and the scope of the comments contained in the record, we see no need to seek additional comments from the interested parties in this proceeding.

Yours sincerely,

Shirley Soehn
Executive Director

c.c.: Dianne Ward, Télébec
Gilbert Laprise, TELUS Québec
Interested Parties
Claude Rousseau, CRTC (819) 997-4605

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