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Ottawa, 14 July 2010

File No. : 8690-B54-201011098


Mr. Mirko Bibic
Senior Vice President
Regulatory and Government Afffairs
Bell Canada
Floor 19, 160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario  K2P 2C4

Mr. Denis E. Henry
Vice-President – Legal, Regulatory and Government Affairs & Chief of Privacy
Bell Aliant
Floor 19, 160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario  K2P 2C4

Mr. Cory Halvorsen
Supervisor Design & Fields Engineering
City of Thunder Bay, Ontario

Re: Part VII Application by Bell Aliant Regional Communications Limited Partnership (Bell Aliant) and Bell Canada (collectively, the Companies) granting access to municipal property in the City of Thunder Bay

On 8 July 2010 the Commission received a joint application from Bell Aliant and Bell Canada made under Part VII of the CRTC Telecommunications Rules and Procedures (the Rules), seeking an order from the Commission granting Bell Aliant permission to construct, operate and maintain transmission facilities on highways and other public places in the city of Thunder Bay.  As well, the Companies requested an interim decision, pursuant to section 61(2) of the Telecommunications Act granting immediate access to the City’s municipal property on the basis that the Commission’s determination will be retroactive to the date of the interim order.

The Companies further requested that the normal Part VII process be expedited by abridging the timeframes for answer and reply as set out in the Rules.  The Companies requested the answer be filed within 10 days after the application date and the reply to be filed within 5 days after the reply has been filed.

Commission staff have reviewed the Companies’ requests and has determined that both aspects of the Companies’ requests for long-term access to municipal property and an interim order for immediate access should be dealt with under one procedure with the answer to the Companies’ application to be filed by 28 July 2010 and the Companies’ reply to be filed by 3 August 2010.

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.


Original signed by

Mario Bertrand
Director, Competition Implementation and Technology

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