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Ottawa, 16 August 2005 


File no.: 8640-B2-200408840

Mr. Mirko Bibic
Chief, Regulatory Affairs
Bell Canada
110 O'Connor, 14th Floor
Ottawa , ON   K1P 1H1  

Fax:    (613) 560-0472     

Dear Mr. Bibic, 

Re: Bell Canada 's Part VII Application for forbearance for Internet Dial Port Service

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.   Bell Canada stated that IDP services are wholesale services used to provide dial-up Internet services to an Internet Service Provider's (ISP) end user over the end-user's existing Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) access service.     Bell Canada is specifically seeking forbearance for the following tariffed services: Internet Dial Port Service (IDPS), Internet Dial Minutes, Private Label Internet and Managed Internet Protocol Service. 

In its application, Bell Canada argued, among other things, that ISPs have the ability to self-supply or obtain IDP services from a number of alternate suppliers. Bell Canada submitted that self-supply was the predominant method of dial port provisioning with 64% of ISPs self-supplying IDP services.   Bell Canada claimed that the underlying telecommunications transmission facilities for IDP services were available from other suppliers or were available from the telephone companies at tariffed, non-discriminatory rates.   Bell Canada further indicated that IDP services included a Primary Rate Interface (PRI) tariffed service component for which it sought forbearance in the application.   However, Bell Canada specifically indicated that it was not seeking forbearance for PRI services when provided on a stand-alone basis and would continue to offer these services at tariffed rates at the present time. 

In List of services within the scope of the proceeding on forbearance from the regulation of local exchange services , Telecom Decision CRTC 2005-35, 15 June 2005 (Decision CRTC 2005-35), the Commission determined the list of existing local exchange services that are within the scope of Forbearance from regulation of local exchange services , Telecom Public Notice CRTC 2005-2 (PN 2005-2), 28 April 2005. Commission staff notes that Bell Canada's PRI service has been determined to be within the scope of PN 2005-2. Therefore, given that the Commission will be determining the Framework for forbearance for local exchange services, including PRI service as part of PN 2005-2 and that PRI is a significant component of the tariffed services for which Bell Canada is seeking forbearance in this application, Commission staff is of the view that it would be premature for the Commission to make a determination in the Bell Canada's forbearance application for IDP services prior to the Commission's determinations in PN 2005-2. Accordingly, Commission staff believes that no further action is required at this time and is closing its File.  

Yours sincerely, 

Original signed by P. Godin for 

Scott Hutton
Director General,
Competition, Costing and Tariffs

Cc: see attached distribution list

Distribution List

Mr. Don Bowles
Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs
Call-Net Enterprises Inc.  
360 Albert Street, Suite 300
Ottawa , Ontario K1R 7X7
Fax (613) 940-2003  

Mr. John M. LaCalamita
Vice President, General Counsel
MCI Canada
60 Adelaine Street East
Suite 1300
Toronto , Ontario M5C 3E4
Fax (416) 216-5217

Mr. Thomas Copeland
Canadian Association of Internet
388 Albert Street , 2 nd Floor
Ottawa , Ontario K1R 5B2
Fax (613) 236-8189 

Mr. Willie Grieve
Vice President Telecom Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Telus Corporation
Floor 31
10020 100 Street NW
Edmonton , Alberta T5J 0N5
Fax (780) 493-6519

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