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Ottawa, 13 May 2010

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Interested Parties to High Speed Access Proceeding, Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-261, as amended

Dear Madams, Sirs:

Re:  Usage-based billing on Third Party Internet Access Service

On 6 May 2010, the Commission issued Telecom Decision CRTC 2010-255 (Telecom Decision 2010-255) approving, with changes, applications by Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership and Bell Canada (collectively, the Bell companies) to introduce an economic Internet traffic management practice (ITMP) that included usage-based billing for their wholesale Residence Gateway Access Services (GAS).  In that Decision, the Commission established various measures to ensure equivalent treatment as between the Bell companies’ wholesale GAS and retail Internet service customers.

Commission staff notes that among the issues addressed in the proceeding initiated by Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-261, as amended, is whether the respective wholesale obligations imposed on incumbent telephone and cable companies are equitable or represent a competitive disadvantage.  In its Organization and Conduct letter dated 21 April 2010, the Commission specifically asked parties to consider what changes, if any, should be made to the wholesale obligations to address any inequities or competitive disadvantages.

To assist the Commission to address the issue of competitive neutrality, parties are asked to file comments with the Commission, serving copies on all other parties, by Tuesday, 25 May 2010 on whether the cable companies’ Third Party Internet Access (TPIA) service should be subject to the same measures regarding equivalent treatment as were found to be appropriate with respect to the Bell companies’ ITMP in Decision 2010-255.  Further, parties should be prepared to address this matter at the oral hearing, which is to commence on Monday, 31 May 2010.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

Lynne Fancy
Director General
Competition, Costing & Tariffs


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