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Ottawa, 20 June 2007

File No: 8678-C12-200615578


Mr. Arvo Koppel
System Administrator
Peace Region Internet Society
929 1006 th Avenue
Dawson Creek, British Columbia
V1G 2N9

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Mr. John Maduri
President and CEO
Barrett Xplore
300 Lockhart Mill Road
Woodstock, New Brunswick
E7M 5C3

Re: Review of proposals to dispose of the funds accumulated in the deferral accounts, Telecom Public Notice CRTC 2006-15 -Removal of documents from the public record

In a letter dated 22 May 2007 , Peace Region Internet Society (PRiS) submitted its responses to Commission staff's interrogatories 1013 and 1014 dated 30 March 2007 in the above-referenced proceeding.   These responses were submitted late by PRiS, at our request, as PRiS had missed the 16 May 2007 due date.  

In a letter dated 28 May 2007, Barrett Xplore Inc. (BXI) submitted that PRiS had taken the time to review other parties' responses to interrogatories before filing its own responses and, on this basis, requested that the information be excluded from the record of the Public Notice (PN) 2006-15 proceeding.   BXI also submitted that PRiS had presented an example which relied on data from a confidential document that BXI had filed on the public record in error on 16 May 2007 .    BXI noted that PRiS and other parties had subsequently been asked to replace the confidential document with an abridged version.   BXI further submitted that PRiS' document contained incorrect assumptions and assertions, with no basis in fact, and requested that it be given no weight in the official record of the PN 2006-15 proceeding.    

In an email responding to BXI dated 29 May 2007 , PRiS indicated that its late responses had been submitted at the specific request of Commission staff after it was drawn to PRiS' attention that it had not complied with the initial request for responses.   PRiS submitted that it was taking strong exception to assertions contained in BXI's letter related to PRiS' expertise.   With respect to the confidential document, PRiS submitted that it had used data coming from BXI's last corrected filing in formulating its interrogatory responses.

Commission staff notes that in the interest of obtaining a full record, we had requested the late submission of responses to interrogatories by a small number of alternative broadband service providers and disability advocacy groups when it became apparent that they had missed the due date.   Consequently, we consider that it would not be appropriate to exclude the late filed responses on that basis.  

We note that the confidential information provided in error was replaced by BXI through an email to all parties, including PRiS, dated 18 May 2007 .   It is our understanding, however, that depending on the technology used to view the abridged version, the confidential numbers may still be visible.   Nevertheless, we are of the view that PRiS' response to interrogatory CRTC 1014, and PRiS' 29 May 2007 email, disclosed information which BXI had indicated that it had submitted in error and had intended to keep confidential.   For this reason, these particular documents will be removed from the public record.  

With respect to PRiS' response to interrogatory CRTC 1013, our view is that it did not disclose confidential BXI information.   Consequently, PRiS is requested to resubmit its response to interrogatory CRTC 1013, as a stand-alone response, by no later than 28 June 2007 .  

Commission staff is also of the view that BXI's letter dated 28 May 2007 would not have been submitted in the absence of PRiS' response to interrogatory CRTC 1014, on the public record.   Accordingly, by this letter we are also removing BXI's 28 May 2007 letter from the public record of the PN 2006-15 proceeding.   


'Original signed by C. Bailey'

Christine Bailey
A/Senior Manager, Tariffs

cc:  Michel Murray, CRTC (819) 997-9300,
      Interested parties to the Public Notice 2006-15 proceeding

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