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Ottawa, 15 June 2009
File Nos.: 8740-B54-200813602
Mr. Denis E. Henry
Regulatory and Government Affairs and Chief of Privacy
Bell Aliant Regional Communications, LP
160 Elgin Street, 19th Floor
Ottawa ON K2P 2C4
Mr. David Palmer
Director, Regulatory Matters
160 Elgin St, 19th Floor
Ottawa ON K2P 2C4
RE: Bell Aliant Tariff Notices 214 and 214A and Bell Canada Tariff Notices 7159 and 7159A
The Commission received applications by Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership and Bell Canada (the companies), dated 8 October 2008, as amended on 20 October 2008, in which they proposed revisions to their respective General Tariff item 70 - Rate Schedules for Primary Exchange (Local) Service, item 675 - Centrex II Service, and item 680 - Local Link Package, in order to introduce a requirement that business customers provide a minimum 30-day advance notification of disconnection.
In their applications, the companies indicated that the filings were Group B retail filings, as they pertained to changes to the terms and/or conditions of the tariffs.
Pursuant to Approval mechanisms for retail and CLEC tariffs, Telecom Decision 2008-74, 21 August 2008, these applications were approved on an interim basis on 4 November 2008.
The Commission received comments on this application from Bragg Communications Inc. (Bragg), among others. In its comments, Bragg requested that, if the customer is transferring their service to a new service provider, the Commission allow the new service provider to provide the 30-day notice of disconnection to the companies on behalf of the customer.
Commission staff notes that Bragg’s request impacts on a request by Bell Canada et al. in their Part VII application - Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership and Bell Canada (the Companies) - Application to remove from telecommunications service providers the authority to act on the end-users' behalf in order to cancel local and long-distance services with their existing telecommunications service provider during the customer transfer process, dated 11 February 2009.
Accordingly, the Commission intends to dispose of these applications on a final basis after it has disposed of the above Part VII application.
Original signed by
Senior Manager, Tariffs
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Teresa Griffin-Muir, MTS Allstream Inc., email@example.com,
Michel Messier, COGECO Cable Inc., firstname.lastname@example.org,
Keith Stevens, Execulink Telecom Inc., email@example.com,
Steve Lynn, NRTC Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Natalie MacDonald, Bragg Communications Inc., Regulatory.Matters@corp.eastlink.ca, Paul Downs, Nexicom Telecommunications Inc., email@example.com,
John Lake, Schooley Mitchell Telecom Consultants, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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