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Ottawa, 30 September 2004

Our File: 8640-B2-200408840

Sent by Fax 

Mr.   David Palmer
Director Regulatory Matters
Bell Canada

Mr.   Don Bowles
Vice President Regulatory Affairs
Call-Net Enterprises Inc.

Mr.   John LaCalamita
Vice President, General Counsel
MCI Canada

Mr. Thomas Copeland
Canadian Association of Internet Providers

Willie Grieve
Vice President Telecom Policy and Regulatory Affairs
TELUS Corporation

Re:   Bell Canada 's Part VII Application Seeking Forbearance of Internet Dial Port (IDP) Services: Revised Process

The following addresses requests for revised process with respect to the above referenced application.

On 18 August 2004 , Bell Canada filed an application (the application) requesting that the Commission make a determination to refrain wholly and unconditionally from exercising its powers and performing its duties under sections 24, 25, 27, 29, and 31 of the Telecommunications Act with respect to current and future Internet Dial Port (IDP) services.

On 17 September 2004 , the Commission received comments on the application by Call-Net Enterprises Inc., (Call-Net) the Canadian Association of Internet Providers, TELUS Corporation Inc and WorldCom Canada Ltd. (WorldCom) on behalf of itself and on behalf of MTS Allstream.   On 27 September 2004 , the Commission received comments from Bell Canada .

In its comments, Call-Net requested that, if the Commission does not deny the application immediately, the Commission should establish an interrogatory process to allow for the acquisition of information concerning issues such as market share, alternative forms of supply, facilities required to provide alternative supply and evidence of rivalrous behaviour.   Worldcom, in its comments, stated that, if further consideration is given to Bell Canada 's application, the Commission should establish a set of procedures which would allow interested parties to pose interrogatories to the applicant and to submit final comments on Bell Canada 's forbearance request once Bell Canada has provided its interrogatory responses.   Bell Canada , in its 17 September 2004 submission, requested an extension to the filing of its reply comments or, should the Commission determine to introduce an interrogatory round as suggested by certain interveners, that the filing date for the Company's reply comments be delayed until following this further process.

After careful consideration of the above referenced submissions, a revised process has been established and is set out below.

Interested parties may address interrogatories to Bell Canada .   Any such interrogatories are to be filed with the Commission and served on all parties by 15 October 2004 .   By 29 October 2004 , Bell Canada is requested to respond to the interrogatories posed by interested parties.   Interested parties may file comments, strictly limited to dealing with the information contained in Bell Canada 's interrogatory responses, by 12 November 2004 .   Bell Canada may file reply comments, serving a copy on other interested parties   by 26 November 2004 .

Where a document is to be filed or served by a specific date, it should be actually received, not merely sent by that date.

Paul Godin

Competition and Technology

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