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Ottawa, 16 October 2008                        

File No.:  8663-C41-200813800 (CoopTel)
               8663-M4-200813841 (Téléphone Milot inc.)
               8663-U2-200813784 (La Compagnie de Téléphone Upton inc.)
               8663-S4-200813833 (Sogetel inc)

By e-mail

Ms. Marie-Ève Rocheleau
Director of Administrative Services
5523 Chemin de l'aéroport
P.O. Box 160
Valcourt, QC   J0E 2L0


Mr. Paul Frappier
Administrative Director
Téléphone Milot inc.
2640 Laflèche Street
P.O. Box 30
St-Paulin, QC   J0K 3G0


Mr. Jean-François Mathieu
Chief Executive Officer
La Compagnie de Téléphone Upton inc.
732 St-Ephrem Street
Upton, QC   J0H 2E0

Mr. Alain Duhaime
Chair and Chief Executive Officer
Sogetel inc.
111 12-Novembre Street
P.O. Box 1150
Nicolet, QC   J3T 1S3

Dear Madam, Sirs,

Subject: TELUS application regarding local competition in the serving territory of Cooptel, Téléphone Milot inc., La Compagnie de Téléphone Upton inc. and Sogetel inc.

In paragraph 160 of Revised regulatory framework for the small incumbent local exchange carriers, Telecom Decision CRTC 2006-14, 29 March 2006, (Decision 2006-14), the Commission directed all small incumbent local exchange carriers (SILECs), following a formal signed expression of interest from a local exchange carrier or carrier requesting to use competitor services within a SILEC's territory, to file an implementation plan with the Commission within 30 days. The Commission indicated that the plan was to include certain details, such as when tariffs will be filed; the nature and cost basis of those tariffs; how customer transfer procedures will be managed; the timing of the implementation of local competitor services; the start-up costs to implement local competition, including local number portability (LNP) if appropriate, and how those costs will be recovered; and any other implementation issues that may be unique to that SILEC.

On 16 May 2008, pursuant to paragraph 160 of Decision 2006-14, Société TELUS Communications (TELUS) sent a letter to CoopTel, Téléphone Milot inc., La Compagnie de Téléphone Upton inc. and Sogetel inc. (the Companies). In each of its letters, TELUS formally expressed its interest with respect to the use of competitors' services in their respective incumbent territories.

On 16 June 2008, the Commission received a letter from Société d'administration des tarifs d'accès des télécommunicateurs (lSATAT) stating that it had been resolved that SATAT would act on behalf of the Companies. In its letter, SATAT indicated that the Companies were not presently able to file an implementation plan pursuant to paragraphs 158 to 168 of Decision 2006-14. SATAT explained the inability of the Companies by arguing that 1) this was the first application received by the Companies; 2) the Companies' financial and human resources were limited; and 3) several documents relating to standards and procedures with respect to competitor services and supported by the CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee are available only in English, whereas the majority of the Companies are unilingual French. SATAT indicated that the Companies had hired a qualified consultant to help them with the process.  

On 25 June 2008 and 27 August 2008, TELUS and Cogeco Cable inc. each submitted a letter regarding the Companies' delay in filing their implementation plans.

To date, the Commission has not received any implementation plans with respect to the TELUS applications for local competition in the serving territory of the Companies. Commission staff notes that the applications by TELUS were filed with the Companies more than 140 days ago. Commission staff considers that the Companies had enough time to develop their implementation plans.   

Commission staff considers that the implementation plans fall under Part VII of the Rules of Procedure of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission. In this regard, Commission staff sets out the process as follows:   

i)   Each company must file an implementation plan in response to the request by TELUS for local competition in its serving territory, in accordance with the Commission's directives in paragraph 160 of Decision 2006-14;
ii)  The Companies will have until 6 November 2008 to file their implementation plans and serve copies on TELUS;
iii)  Interested parties will have until 20 November 2008 to provide comments on the Companies' implementation plans and serve copies on the relevant Companies;
iv)   The companies will have until 1 December 2008 to file reply comments.

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.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

Suzanne Bédard
Senior Manager, Tariffs

cc:  Terry Connolly, Société TELUS Communications,
       Stephen Bray, SATAT,
       Michel Messier, Cogeco Cable Canada Inc.,   
       Martin Brazeau, CRTC, (819) 997-3498 ,

Date Modified: 2008-10-16
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