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Ottawa, 5 March 2010
Our Reference: 8640-B2-200909757
Ms. Teresa Griffin-Muir
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
MTS Allstream Inc.
45 O’Connor Street, Suite 1400
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1A4
Dear Ms. Griffin-Muir:
Re: Part VII Application by Bell Canada requesting forbearance from the regulation of Bell Canada’s high-speed intra-exchange digital network access (DNA) services in specific wire centres in Ontario and Québec
On 26 June 2009, Bell Canada filed the above-mentioned Part VII Application
(Bell Canada’s application), requesting that the Commission forbear from regulating high-speed intra-exchange digital network access (high-speed DNA) services in 35 wire centres in Ontario and Quebec. On 4 August 2009, MTS Allstream filed a list of buildings located in those 35 exchanges that are high-speed DNA capable and connected to its network.
On 1 February 2010, the Commission released Telecom Decision CRTC 2010-50
(Decision 2010-50). In that decision, the Commission provided the following clarification concerning the reporting requirements of a “connected building”:
Parties to a high-speed DNA services forbearance application must provide the Commission with the addresses of all buildings that are connected to that carrier’s network at speeds of DS-3 or greater irrespective of whether services at speeds of DS-3 or greater are currently being provided to that carrier’s customer(s) located in that building and irrespective of whether the fibre facilities are lit (commissioned) or dark. Carriers are required to provide the addresses of the buildings that are so connected, not merely the addresses of the buildings where high-speed DNA services are currently being provided to customers.
On 3 February 2010 Commission staff issued an interrogatory to several service providers, including MTS Allstream, asking those service providers to clarify that the list of buildings provided in response to Bell Canada’s application conformed with the clarification provided in Decision 2010-50.
On 17 February 2010, MTS Allstream provided a response to Commission staff’s interrogatory. In its response, MTS Allstream claimed that its list of buildings submitted to the Commission in response to Bell Canada’s application conforms to the reporting requirement clarification set out in Telecom Decision 2010-50.
However, based on MTS Allstream’s response to interrogatory MTS Allstream
(CRTC) 20November09-2, Commission staff considers that MTS Allstream’s list may not include buildings connected to its network at speeds of DS-3 or greater by dark fibre. Accordingly, MTS Allstream is to confirm with the Commission, providing a copy to
Bell Canada, that its list includes buildings connected to its network at speeds of DS-3 or greater by dark fibre.
If MTS Allstream’s list does not include buildings connected to its network at speeds of DS-3 or greater by dark fibre, MTS Allstream is to provide a revised list including such buildings. MTS Allstream would not have to provide a copy of such list to Bell Canada.
Documents to be filed and served in accordance with the above process are to be received, not merely sent, by 19 March 2010. Copies of the above should also be sent to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Original signed by
Competition, Costing and Tariffs
cc: Kevin Pickell, CRTC, email@example.com
Jonathan Daniels, Bell Canada, firstname.lastname@example.org
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