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Ottawa, 5 December 2006
File No.: 8638-C12-200602708
Mr. Richard A. Stephen
Dear Mr. Stephen:
RE: Review of proposals to dispose of the funds accumulated in the deferral accounts, Telecom Public Notice CRTC 2006-15
Pursuant to the procedure specified at paragraph 20 of Review of proposals to dispose of the funds accumulated in the deferral accounts , Telecom Public Notice CRTC 2006-15, 30 November 2006 (Public Notice 2006-15), attached are interrogatories associated with this proceeding. These interrogatories are in reference to Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership's (Bell Aliant) proposal, with respect to the operating territory of its predecessor company Aliant Telecom Inc. (Aliant Telecom), to allocate funds from its deferral account to improving accessibility to telecommunications services for persons with disabilities, submitted to the Commission on 1 September 2006 (accessibility proposal).
Bell Aliant is requested to file its responses to these interrogatories with the Commission, and serve them on the interested parties to this proceeding, by 19 January 2007 . These r esponses are to be received, and not merely sent, by this date. In providing responses, Bell Aliant is requested to provide separate responses for each sub-part of each question.
Commission staff notes that in Attachment 1 to a letter filed by Aliant Telecom with the Commission on 7 June 2006, Aliant Telecom proposed to draw down the available funds from the accumulated amount in its deferral account, after allocating five percent of the balance to initiatives to improve access to telecommunications services for persons with disabilities, to partially clear the estimated recurring shortfall in its account. Commission staff also notes that on 18 October 2006 , Bell Aliant filed an application, pursuant to Part VII of the CRTC Telecommunications Rules of Procedure , requesting exogenous treatment of the estimated annual recurring shortfall in its deferral account.
Commission staff hereby informs Bell Aliant that, while a reference to the company's accessibility proposal was included in Public Notice 2006-15, and interrogatories related to this same proposal are enclosed, the Commission has not yet made any determination on the substance of Bell Aliant's proposed treatment of the amounts in its deferral account. Such reference should not be construed as indicating the potential outcome of Bell Aliant's Part VII request. These matters will be addressed separately from Public Notice 2006-15.
'Original signed by P. Godin'
cc: Michel Murray, CRTC (819) 997-9300
INTERROGATORIES TO BELL ALIANT REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS, Limited Partnership
601 Refer to paragraphs 18 to 21, enhanced accessibility of Aliant.net.
602 Refer to paragraph 22, creation of a customer contact centre of excellence for persons with disabilities.
701 In paragraph 21 of its submission, Bell Aliant identifies the funding required to enhance the accessibility of its website, Aliant.net, by implementing guidelines recommended by the WAI. With respect to the submitted costing information, provide the following:
Date Modified: 2006-12-05
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