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Ottawa, 20 September 2006


Our File #: 8638-S1-01/98

To: Distribution List

Re: Forbearance from regulation of interexchange private line services - Reminder of 1 st October 2006 submission deadline

In Stentor Resource Centre Inc. - Forbearance from regulation of interexchange private line services , Telecom Decision CRTC 97-20, 18 December 1997 , the Commission forbore from the regulation of certain interexchange private lines (IXPL) on a route specific basis.

In Follow-up Proceeding to Telecom Decision CRTC 97-20: Establishment of criterion and process for considering further forbearance for high Capacity/DDS interexchange private line service , Telecom Order CRTC 99-434, 12 May 1999 (Order 99-434), the Commission established a process for considering further forbearance for High Capacity and Digital Data Services (DDS) interexchange private line (IXPL) services. In Order 99-434, the Commission directed each competitor to file a report with the Commission, on April 1 and October 1 of every year, serving a copy on the relevant Companies 1 [1] , which identifies the high capacity and DDS service on IXPL routes where the competitor provides, or offers to provide, high capacity/DDS IXPL services to at least one customer, at DS-3 or greater bandwidth, using terrestrial facilities from a company other than the incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) or an affiliate of the ILEC. Based on this evidence, and without further process, the Commission expected to quickly issue determinations granting forbearance on the routes in question.

This letter serves as a reminder that all competitors, including out-of-territory affiliates of the ILECs, Broadcasting Distribution Undertakings (BDUs) and BDU affiliates that provide telecommunications services, and hydro electric entities with telecommunications operations, are to report all of their IXPL routes that meet the forbearance criterion established in Order 99-434, by 1 October 2006, and to serve a copy on the relevant Companies. Reports are to include all routes that a competitor may have previously reported as part of the semi-annual filings pursuant to Order 99-434.

Commission staff notes that where a document is to be filed or served by a specific date, the document must be actually received, not merely sent, by that date.

C ommission staff would like to refer ILECs, BDUs and hydro electric entities to the Commission's correspondence of 16 March 2006 ( ) regarding the use of the Commission Data Collection System to report IXPL routes over which IXPL services are provided or offered that meet the criterion established in Order 99-434. Starting with the 1 April 2006 report, competitors of the Companies are required to use DCS form 243 to report their IXPL routes pursuant to Order 99-434. Note that the use of DCS form 243 does not eliminate the requirement on competitors to serve each semi-annual IXPL report on the relevant companies.

Any questions with regard to the operation of the DCS can be directed by e-mail to or by telephone at (819) 997-4597.


Lynne Fancy
Acting Director
Competition Implementation and Technology

cc.:  Marie-France Marquis
       Manager, Economic and Regulatory Analysis - Telecommunications
      (819) 953-0631

[1] The term Companies refers to Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership, Bell Canada, MTS Allstream, NorthernTel Limited Partnership, Ontera, SaskTel, Société en commandite Télébec, TELUS Communications Company (including TELUS Québec),   pursuant to Telecom Order 99-434, Telecom Order CRTC 99-905, 17 September 1999, and Northern Telephone Limited and O.N. Tel: forbearance from IXPL and ATM services , Order CRTC 2000-631, 7 July 2000.

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