This page has been archived on the Web

Information identified as archived on the Web is for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. Archived Decisions, Notices and Orders (DNOs) remain in effect except to the extent they are amended or reversed by the Commission, a court, or the government. The text of archived information has not been altered or updated after the date of archiving. Changes to DNOs are published as “dashes” to the original DNO number. Web pages that are archived on the Web are not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards. As per the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada, you can request alternate formats by contacting us.

Our Reference:  8690-C12-200910408

Ottawa, 11 February 2010


Ms. Natalie MacDonald

Vice President


Bragg Communications Inc.

6080 Young Street, Suite 801

Halifax, Nova Scotia  B3K5M3

Mr. Christopher Edwards

Vice President

Corporate & Regulatory

Canadian Cable Systems Alliance Inc.

447 Gondola Point Road

Quispamsis, New Brunswick  E2E1E1

Mr. Yves Mayrand

Vice President

Corporate Affairs

Cogeco Cable Inc.

5 Place Ville Marie

Montréal, Québec  H3B0B3

Mr. Dennis Béland

Director, Regulatory Affairs, Telecom

Quebecor Media Inc.

612 St. Jacques Street

Montreal, Québec  H3C4M8

Mr. Ken Engelhart

Senior Vice President


Rogers Communications Inc.

333 Bloor Street East

Toronto, Ontario  M4W1G9

Mr. Jean Brazeau

Senior Vice President

Regulatory Affairs

Shaw Communications Inc.

630 – 3rd Avenue SW, Suite 900

Calgary, Alberta  T2P4L4

Re:   Call for comments-Review of the large incumbent local exchange carriers’ support structure service rates, Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-432, 21 July 2009 – Cable Carriers’ request to make existing rates final

Dear Madam, Sirs:


In Call for comments – review of the large incumbent local exchange carriers support structure service rates, Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-432, 21 July 2009 as amended by Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-432-1, 20 August 2009 (the Notice), the Commission initiated a proceeding to review the support structure rates for Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership, Bell Canada, MTS Allstream Inc., Télébec, société en commandite, and TELUS Communications Company (collectively, the ILECs).  The Commission also approved the ILECs’ existing support structure rates on an interim basis.

In Telecom Order CRTC 2009-731, 27 November 2009, the Commission directed each ILEC to file updated support structure costs on the public record by 18 January 2010.

On 11 January 2010, Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership, Bell Canada and Télébec, Société en commandite (collectively, the Companies), supported by TELUS Communications Company (TELUS) on 12 January 2010, requested a three-week extension to the filing date for updated support structure costs, submitting that the workload involved in updating the cost studies prevented them from filing the requested information until 8 February 2010.

On 14 January 2010, Bragg Communications Inc., the Canadian Cable Systems Alliance, Cogeco Cable Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., Shaw Communications Inc., and
Quebecor Media Inc., on behalf of its affiliate Videotron Ltd. (collectively, the Cable Carriers) filed a response to the ILEC extension request and submitted that, if the extension was granted, the Commission should remove the interim status of support structure rates and make them final at their current levels.  The Cable Carriers submitted that maintaining the current interim status of these rates would not be appropriate because the magnitude of anticipated support structure rate increases is unknown.  They submitted further that interim rates create undue uncertainty regarding the length of time during which increased rates may be applied retroactively.

The extension requested by ILECs was granted in a Commission staff letter dated 15 January 2010, given the extent of the information required.  In addition, parties were advised that the Cable Carriers’ request for final rates would be addressed separately.

The Companies and TELUS filed replies dated 20 and 25 January 2010, respectively, opposing the Cable Carriers’ request.  The Companies submitted that their request for a three-week extension was reasonable and that the Cable Carriers were using this reasonable request as the basis to suggest that the Commission reverse its decision to approve support structure rates on an interim basis, effective 21 July 2009.  The Companies further submitted that the Cable Carriers appeared to concede, in their 14 January 2010 letter, the potential for an increase in costs and associated rates as a result of this proceeding, thus substantiating the appropriateness of the Commission’s determination to approve rates on an interim basis.

Analysis and determination

The Commission notes that in Telecom Order CRTC 2009-731, 27 November 2009, it denied a request by Xittel Telecommunications Inc. to make final support structure rates that had been made interim in the Notice.  In that Order, the Commission stated that it did not consider that the proceeding had been unduly long and therefore it was neither necessary nor appropriate to finalize the support structure rates at that time.

With respect to the Cable Carriers’ request, the Commission is of the view that, given the extent of the information required, the three-week extension is not a lengthy delay and notes that it is the only request to extend the process since the Commission’s decision taken with respect to the Xittel request.  Further, the Commission maintains its view, as stated in the Notice, that based on its preliminary review of each ILEC’s cost study, it appeared that costs had increased and that rates may therefore increase.

In light of the foregoing, the Commission is of the view that it continues to be appropriate to retain the current support structure service rates on an interim basis.

Accordingly, the Commission denies the Cable Carriers’ request that existing ILEC support structure rates be made final.

The Commission also notes that parties will have the opportunity to make submissions regarding the appropriate effective date for any revisions to support structures rates, prior to the Commission’s disposition, on a final basis, of the ILECs’ requests to review support structure rates.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by Allan Rosenzveig

Robert A. Morin

Secretary General

c.c.: Daphne Fry, CRTC

Richard Pagé, CRTC

Pamela Cormier, CRTC

Interested parties to Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-432


List of Parties


AGBriggs Consulting:

Bell Aliant:

Bell Canada:




Distributel Communications Limited:

Giganomics Consulting Inc.:

Maskatel and Drummond:

Ministère de la Culture et des communications:

MTO Telecom:

MTS Allstream:

O.N. Tel :            




Tacit, Christian:






View Communications:

Wall Communications Inc.:


Date modified: