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Ottawa, 11 July 2007

File No: 8678-C12-200615578


TO:   Interested parties to Telecom Public Notice CRTC 2006-15

Re: Review of proposals to dispose of the funds accumulated in the deferral accounts , Telecom Public Notice CRTC 2006-15 - Canadian Cable Systems Alliance Request for Extension - Process amendment

Dear Sir or Madam:

This letter addresses the request from Canadian Cable Systems Alliance Inc. (CCSA), dated 4 July 2007 , for an extension of time by which alternative broadband service providers (ABSPs) must file information pertaining to distribution serving area (DSA) numbers in the above-referenced proceeding.  

In a letter dated 14 June 2007 , Commission staff required certain ABSPs that are currently offering or planning to offer service in communities identified by Bell Canada in its broadband expansion proposal, to identify, by 20 June 2007 , the DSA numbers corresponding to those areas. [1]   This deadline was subsequently extended to 5 July 2007 after Bell Canada advised the Commission that the maps it had previously submitted, showing DSA boundaries, had to be revised.  

In support of its request for extension, CCSA indicated that the maps submitted by Bell Canada on 27 June 2007 are substantially different from the previously submitted maps.   CCSA requested an extension of at least one month to the 5 July 2007 deadline in order to properly analyse the new Bell Canada maps, consult with its member companies, and formulate its response.

In a letter dated 6 July 2007 , Quebecor Média inc. (QMI), on behalf of Vidéotron ltée, supported CCSA's request for extension.  

Commission staff notes that CCSA is aggregating information on behalf of a large number of member companies, and that this process takes time.   In order to avoid any undue delay in the issuance of the Commission's final determinations, however, we consider that it is necessary to adhere as closely as possible to the established dates in the procedure.   We also note that other parties have filed the requested information on time.   For these reasons, we consider that it would be appropriate to extend to 19 July 2007 the date by which the DSA number information requested from ABSPs in our 14 June 2007 letter must be filed.   

In light of the above, the dates set out in Public Notice 2006-15 for the filing of final comments and reply comments are modified as indicated in the attachment to this letter to accommodate this extension.   For ease of reference, the paragraph numbers have been maintained as they appear in Public Notice 2006-15, and the revised dates are shown in bold.


'Original signed by C. Bailey'

Christine Bailey
A/Senior Manager, Tariffs


cc:    Michel Murray, CRTC (819) 997-9300,

[1] The ABSPs mentioned in Commission staff's 14 June 2007 letter are Barrett Xplore Inc., Blue Sky Net, Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (on behalf of its members), Execulink Telecom, Grant Internet Communications, MTS Allstream Inc., Nexicom Inc., Quebecor Média Inc. (on behalf of Vidéotron ltée), Reztel Broadband, Rogers Communications Inc., and Télécommunications Xittel inc.


The procedure established in Public Notice 2006-15, paragraphs 14 to 37, is further revised as follows:




The proposals submitted by the ILECs to use funds accumulated in their deferral accounts to expand broadband services and improve accessibility to telecommunications services for persons with disabilities, pursuant to the determinations in Decision 2006-9 , and other relevant information received by the Commission, will be considered part of the public record for this proceeding.


Bell Aliant, Bell Canada , MTS Allstream, SaskTel, and TCC are made parties to this proceeding.


Other parties wishing to participate fully in this proceeding (including receiving copies of all submissions) must notify the Commission of their intention to do so by filling out the on-line form, or by writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2, or by faxing to the attention of the Secretary General at: 819-994-0218 by 15 December 2006 (the registration date). Parties are to provide their email addresses, where available. If parties do not have access to the Internet, they are to indicate in their notice whether they wish to receive disk versions of hard-copy filings.


The Commission will issue on its website, as soon as possible after the registration date, a complete list of interested parties and their mailing addresses (including their email addresses, if available), identifying those parties who wish to receive disk versions.


Any person who wishes merely to file written comments in this proceeding, without receiving copies of the various submissions, may do so by writing to the Commission by 31 July 2007 at the address or fax number noted above, or by filling out the online form.


The Commission will not formally acknowledge comments. It will, however, fully consider all comments and they will form part of the public record of the proceeding.


Concurrent with the issuance of this Public Notice, the Commission will be issuing interrogatories to the ILECs. Responses are to be filed with the Commission and served on all parties by 19 February 2007 .


As noted above, all alternative broadband service providers who intend to file submissions in this proceeding with respect to the exclusion of any community on the basis that it is already served or is likely to be served, are required to file the information described in paragraph 9 with the Commission and serve it on all other parties by 19 February 2007 .


Any party referenced in paragraph 15, or that has notified the Commission of its intention to participate in accordance with the procedure in paragraph 16, may request the public disclosure of information for which confidentiality has been claimed by an ILEC, as part of its proposals or its responses to the Commission interrogatories described in paragraph 20, or by any other party, including any alternative broadband service provider that has filed in accordance with paragraph 21. Any such request for public disclosure must be submitted to the Commission and served on the relevant party or parties by 26 February 2007 .


Written responses to requests for public disclosure must be filed with the Commission and served on the party or parties making the request by 5 March 2007 .


Determinations with respect to requests for public disclosure will be issued as soon as possible. Any information to be provided pursuant to these determinations must be filed with the Commission and served on all parties by 23 March 2007 .


Parties may also address interrogatories to any party referenced in paragraph 15, any party that notifies the Commission of its intention to participate pursuant to the procedure described in paragraph 16, or any alternative broadband service provider who files information pursuant to paragraph 21. Any such interrogatories must be filed with the Commission and served on the relevant party or parties by 30 March 2007 . It is expected that the Commission will issue additional interrogatories at the same time.


Responses to the interrogatories referenced in paragraph 25 are to be filed with the Commission and served on all parties by 16 May 2007 .


Requests by parties for further responses to their interrogatories, specifying in each case why a further response is both relevant and necessary, and requests for public disclosure of information for which confidentiality has been claimed, setting out in each case the reasons for disclosure, must be filed with the Commission and served on the relevant party or parties by 24 May 2007 .


Written responses to requests for further responses to interrogatories and for public disclosure must be filed with the Commission and served on the party or parties making the request by 31 May 2007 .


Determinations will be issued with respect to requests for further information and public disclosure as soon as possible. Any information to be provided pursuant to that determination must be filed with the Commission and served on all parties by 20 June  2007 .


All parties may file final comments with the Commission, serving a copy on all other parties, by 31 July 2007 .


All parties may file reply comments with the Commission, serving a copy on all other parties, by 14 August 2007 .


The Commission expects to issue a decision on the issues raised in this Public Notice within 180 days after the record closes.


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.


Parties can file their submissions electronically or on paper. Submissions longer than five pages should include a summary.


Electronic submissions should be in HTML format. As an alternative, those making submissions may use Microsoft Word for text and Microsoft Excel for spreadsheets.


Each paragraph of submissions should be numbered. In addition, the line ***End of document*** should be entered following the last paragraph. This will help the Commission verify that the document has not been damaged during transmission.


The Commission also encourages parties to monitor the record of this proceeding (and/or the Commission's website) for additional information that they may find useful when preparing their submissions.

Interested parties to Telecom Public Notice CRTC 2006-15: ;  ; ;  ;  bcgrey_bear@hotmail.combsk@valkyrieriders.commorin_sm@yahoo.cadpingitore@lightspeed.caelbrt4@rogers.comtmcampbell@rogers.comkc.2020@hotmail.comgerichard@rogers.comdez.rayzak@ontario.catodd.tobin@statcan.caottawadeafcentre@rogers.comnewfiedjh@yahoo.comjutta.treviranus@utoronto.cajeremy.wells@sympatico.caaaron.walsh@sympatico.cadmomotiuk@smd.mb.campotvin@ccbnational.netkier@cailc.calaurie@ccdonline.cadave@damar.netdaans@ns.sympatico.cabmd@accesswave.cadeafmb@mts.netjj@deafontario.caoadpresident@gmail.comgaryb@neilsquire.cajoweber@accesscomm.caSilvergirl46@hotmail.comDodie865@hotmail.comcqda@videotron.carlhutchinson@sasktel.netfordgk@shaw.cawegcap@netidea.commbach@cacl.cadennis.mudryk@gov.ab.cajacki.andre@usas ;

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