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Telecom Public Notice CRTC 2008-18

  Ottawa, 6 November 2008

Notice of consultation


Call for comments on whether the regulatory framework for forbearance from the regulation of local exchange services for the large incumbent local exchange carriers should also be applicable to small incumbent local exchange carriers

  Reference: 8640-C12-200814980 and 8640-T8-200810962



On 15 August 2008 the Commission received an application from TBayTel, a small incumbent local exchange carrier (SILEC) offering local exchange services in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and the surrounding region. TBayTel requested forbearance from the regulation of residential local exchange services (local forbearance) for the exchange of Thunder Bay, Ontario, pursuant to the local forbearance framework established in Telecom Decision 2006-15, as amended by the Governor in Council's Order Varying Telecom Decision CRTC 2006-15, P.C. 2007-532, 4 April 2007 (modified Telecom Decision 2006-15).



Modified Telecom Decision 2006-15 established a local forbearance framework which sets out criteria that enable the Commission to make determinations on local forbearance applications from incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs).


The Commission indicated in paragraph 23 of modified Telecom Decision 2006-15 that the local forbearance framework would apply only to applications filed by ILECs party to the proceeding that led to modified Telecom Decision 2006-15.1 SILECs, such as TBayTel, were not part of the proceeding that led to Telecom Decision 2006-15, and accordingly, the local forbearance framework does not apply to them.

Call for comments


The Commission invites parties to provide their views, with supporting rationales, with respect to the following issues:

(1) Should the Commission apply the local forbearance framework established in modified Telecom Decision 2006-15 to SILECs? If not, what would be an appropriate forbearance framework for SILECs?


(2) The ILEC forbearance framework, as set out in modified Telecom Decision 2006-15, includes competitor quality of service (Q of S) criteria. Given that, pursuant to Telecom Decision 2007-109, competitor Q of S requirements do not apply to SILECs, should the Commission, as part of the forbearance framework, address the issue of competitor Q of S in the SILECs' territories and, if so, how?




All SILECs listed in the appendix to this Public Notice are made parties to this proceeding.


Other parties interested in participating in this proceeding (including receiving copies of all submissions) must notify the Commission of their intention to do so by filling out the online form; or by writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2; or by faxing to: 819-994-0218 by 21 November 2008 (the registration date). Parties are to provide their email address, 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 post 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 party 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 5 January 2009 at the address or fax number noted above, or by filling out the online form.


All parties may file with the Commission, serving copies on all other parties, comments with regard to the above-noted issues by 5 January 2009.


All parties may file with the Commission, serving copies on all other parties, reply comments by 20 January 2009.


The Commission expects to issue a decision on the issues raised in this Public Notice within 120 days after the record closes.


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


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 may 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 all 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 electronic 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.

Important notice


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Documents received electronically or otherwise will be posted on the Commission's website in their entirety exactly as you send them, including any personal information contained therein, in the official language and format in which they are received. Documents not received electronically will be available in PDF format.


Please note that the information you provide to the Commission as part of this public process is entered into an unsearchable database dedicated to this specific public process. This database is accessible only from the webpage of this particular public process. As a result, a general search of our website with the help of either our own search engine or a third-party search engine will not provide access to the information which was provided as part of this public process.

Location of CRTC offices


Submissions may be examined or will be made available promptly upon request at the Commission offices during normal business hours.
  Toll-free telephone: 1-877-249-2782
Toll-free TDD: 1-877-909-2782
  Central Building
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
1 Promenade du Portage, Room 206
Gatineau, Quebec J8X 4B1
Tel.: 819-997-2429
Fax: 819-994-0218
  Metropolitan Place
99 Wyse Road, Suite 1410
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B3A 4S5
Tel.: 902-426-7997
Fax: 902-426-2721
  205 Viger Avenue West, Suite 504
Montréal, Quebec H2Z 1G2
Tel.: 514-283-6607
  55 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 624
Toronto, Ontario M4T 1M2
Tel.: 416-952-9096
  Kensington Building
275 Portage Avenue, Suite 1810
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2B3
Tel.: 204-983-6306 - TDD: 204-983-8274
Fax: 204-983-6317
  Cornwall Professional Building
2125 - 11th Avenue, Suite 103
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3X3
Tel.: 306-780-3422
  10405 Jasper Avenue, Suite 520
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3N4
Tel.: 780-495-3224
  580 Hornby Street, Suite 530
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3B6
Tel.: 604-666-2111 - TDD: 604-666-0778
Fax: 604-666-8322
  Secretary General

Related documents

  • Small incumbent local exchange carriers' show cause - Follow-up to Telecom Decision 2006-14, Telecom Decision CRTC 2007-109, 21 November 2007
  • Forbearance from the regulation of retail local exchange services, Telecom Decision CRTC 2006-15, 6 April 2006, as amended by Order in Council P.C. 2007-532, 4 April 2007
  This document is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be examined in PDF format or in HTML at the following Internet site:

1 These ILECs were Aliant Telecom Inc; Bell Canada; MTS Allstream Inc.; Saskatchewan Telecommunications; Télébec, Limited Partnership; and TELUS Communications Inc., including the former TELUS Communications (Québec) Inc.


List of SILECs

  British Columbia
CityWest Telephone Corporation
Amtelecom Limited Partnership
Brooke Telecom Co-operative Ltd.
Bruce Telecom
Cochrane Telecom Services
Dryden Municipal Telephone System
Execulink Telecom Inc.
Gosfield North Communications Co-operative Limited
Hay Communications Co-operative Limited
Huron Telecommunications Co-operative Limited
Kenora Municipal Telephone System
Lansdowne Rural Telephone Co. Ltd.
Mornington Communications Co-operative Limited
Nexicom Telecommunications Inc.
Nexicom Telephones Inc.
North Frontenac Telephone Corporation Ltd.
NorthernTel, Limited Partnership
NRTC Communications
People's Tel Limited Partnership
Quadro Communications Co-operative Inc.
Roxborough Telephone Company Limited
Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative Limited
Wightman Telecom Ltd.
WTC Communications
La Cie de Téléphone de Courcelles Inc.
La Compagnie de Téléphone Lambton Inc.
La Compagnie de Téléphone St-Victor
La Compagnie de Téléphone Upton Inc.
La Compagnie de Téléphone de Warwick
La Corporation de Téléphone de La Baie - 1993
Le Téléphone de St-Éphrem inc.
Sogetel inc.
Téléphone Guèvremont inc.
Téléphone Milot inc.

Date Modified: 2008-11-06

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