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Ottawa, July 20, 2010

Our File: 8663-C12-201000653


John Lawford
Public Interest Advocacy Centre
1 Nicholas Street, Suite 1204
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 7B7

Dear Mr. Lawford:

Re:  Obligation to serve and other matters, Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-43: Commission interrogatories

Pursuant to the procedures set out in Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-43, attached is a Commission interrogatory associated with this proceeding.

Responses to these interrogatories are to be filed with the Commission, and served on all parties to this proceeding, by 3 August 2010.  Responses are to be received, and not merely sent, by this date.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by:

John Macri
Telecommunications Policy

As amended by Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-43-2.

Appendix 1

Interrogatories to Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)

1001. At paragraphs 168 and 169 of its 26 April 2010 submission, PIAC submitted that to remain competitive, ensure universal access to telecommunications as it now has developed to include broadband and to help in maintaining Canadian cultural sovereignty, the Commission should specify broadband speed targets that at least parallel those of the U.S. and preferably exceed them.  Therefore, PIAC submitted that the Commission should set an interim speed goal such that by 2015, the universal BSO broadband speed objective should be at least 2 Mbps download and 800 Kbps upload and that by 2020, the objective should be revised upward such that 4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload broadband service were universally available to all broadband subscribers.

a) What other criteria, if any, did PIAC apply in determining this goal? Are there certain applications and/or services that would drive these minimum broadband speed requirements?

b) What additional services does PIAC consider as being critical on a going-forward basis in order for Canadians to fully participate in a ‘connected society’?

1002. In its 20 April 2010 evidence, PIAC indicated that wireless voice service currently is not a substitute for wireline voice service since there are functional, quality, and pricing differences between the services.  However, various reports indicate that wireless-only penetration has been increasing and has reached 8% in Canada, with higher penetration rates in certain areas. 

Provide your views as to why many customers already perceive wireless voice service to be a substitute for wireline voice service.  Your answer should address various factors which may have encouraged this substitution (e.g. urban vs. rural markets, demographics, etc).

As amended by Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-43-2.

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