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Ottawa, 2 December 2005


Our File No.: 8622-V22-200513006

Mr. Dennis Béland
Director, Regulatory Affairs
Quebecor Media Inc.
300 Viger Avenue East
Montreal QC   H2X 2W4  

Monsieur Mirko Bibic
Chef, Affaires réglementaires
Bell Canada
110, rue O'Connor, 7 e  étage
Ottawa ON   K1P 1H1  

Re: Videotron Telecom Ltd. - Part VII application regarding a billing dispute with Bell Canada

Further to the Quebecor Media Inc. application to the Commission on behalf of Videotron Telecom Ltd. (the Applicant) dated 11 November 2005 in the above-noted matter, this letter shall serve to advise the Applicant and Bell Canada (the Respondent), that the Commission has decided to adjudicate this matter pursuant to Part VII of the CRTC Telecommunications Rules of Procedure on an expedited basis, in accordance with the expedited process established in Expedited procedure for resolving competitive issues , Telecom Circular CRTC 2004-2, dated 10 February 2004.

Due to the Commission's decision to adjudicate this matter within the expedited process, it is noted that the time periods normally accorded under the Rules will be abbreviated and accelerated.   In this case, the Respondent will not be provided with a separate 30 day period to provide an answer to the application, rather the Respondent may provide its answer to the application within its concise argument described below, filed as part of the expedited process.

Consequently, this matter will be referred to a Panel of three Commissioners and the proceeding will include an oral hearing on 3 February 2006 .

No later than 21 December 2005, the Applicant and the Respondent shall each file with the Commission at, and serve on each other, a document consisting of a concise argument stating all the facts and Commission requirements and regulatory decisions relied upon in supporting their respective positions, as well as, in the case of the Applicant, a concise statement of the relief sought.

This document shall be no longer than 10 pages in length. The parties shall file, as an attachment, a copy of all written material upon which they rely, except material already filed on this record, Commission determinations, tariffs, tariff filings and any other similar documentation usually before the Commission in the normal course of business. A copy of the submission should also be forwarded to Paul Godin, at .

Where a party designates information filed with the Commission as confidential, it must provide the reasons for its claim for confidentiality at the time it files the information with the Commission. If it chooses to do so, the other party (the requesting party) has two days to make representations to the Commission, clearly stating why it considers that the disclosure of the information filed in confidence is in the public interest, serving a copy on the party claiming confidentiality. The party claiming confidentiality will have two days to file a reply, serving a copy on the requesting party.

The hearing will be held in Salon Réal Therrien on the 7 th floor of the Central Building , Terrasses de la Chaudière, 1 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau , Qu é bec.

At the beginning of the hearing, the Applicant and the Respondent will be accorded the opportunity to briefly address the Panel, 10 minutes maximum.   The parties will then be questioned by the Commission and will each be accorded 20 minutes to question each other. The Applicant and the Respondent will be accorded the opportunity to briefly address the panel at the conclusion of the hearing, 10 minutes maximum.

The parties are required to bring with them all relevant documentation and knowledgeable personnel. An adverse inference may be drawn, if appropriate, from the failure of a party to bring all relevant documentation and knowledgeable personnel to the oral hearing.

The parties will be provided with an agenda for the hearing by 30 January 2006 and are required to provide to Ms. Marielle Giroux-Girard, at , and serve on each other , at least 10 days prior to the panel hearing, the name(s) of the person(s) who will be attending the hearing and their area of expertise.  

Parties may contact Mr. Stephen Millington at (819) 953-0632, or at , if they require additional information regarding the hearing.

Verbatim transcripts of the hearing will be kept and posted on the Commission's web site.

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

Yours sincerely,


Paul Godin
Director - Competition Implementation and Technology

Date Modified: 2005-12-02

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