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Ottawa, 16 September 2010

Our Reference:  8622-B2-201009720


Mr. Mirko Bibic
Senior Vice-President
Regulatory & Government Affairs
Bell Canada
160 Elgin St.
Ottawa, Ontario  K2P 2C4

Dear Mr. Bibic:

RE:  Bell Canada Part VII application regarding 9-1-1 network access dispute with TELUS Communications Company

On 11 June 2010, the Commission received an application by Bell Canada concerning 9-1-1 network access service counts provided to TELUS Communications Company (TELUS).  On 22 July 2010, Bell Canada submitted an amended application to align with the Commission’s findings in
MTS Allstream Inc. – Clarification of the phrase “subject to the applicable limitation periods provided by law” in TELUS Communications Company’s Terms of Service, Telecom Decision
CRTC 2010-462, 8 July 2010.  On 23 July 2010, TELUS submitted that it opposed the amended application filed by Bell Canada because it was out of process.  TELUS further submitted that if the Commission were to permit Bell Canada to file this amended application, TELUS should be afforded the full 30 days to provide its answer.

Commission staff notes that TELUS submitted comments on the amended application on
23 August 2010.  In light of this, and in order to ensure that the Commission has a full record upon which to make its decision, Commission staff considers that all submissions made to date in this proceeding will form part of the record of this proceeding.

In Service Standards for the disposition of telecommunications applications, Telecom Circular CRTC 2006-11, 7 December 2006, the Commission stated that it would categorize Part VII applications into two types:  Type 1 applications that generally do not involve multiple parties or raise significant policy issues and Type 2 applications that do involve multiple parties and/or raise significant policy issues.

The Commission also adopted the following service standards for Part VII applications:

The Commission stated that it would inform applicants, by letter, within 10 days of the end of the comment period for applications, whether the application is considered to be a Type 1 or Type 2 application, and the application service standard.

Commission staff has assessed the above application and considers it to be a Type 1 application. Accordingly, the Commission expects to issue an interim or final determination within 4 months of the close-of-record.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

Suzanne Bédard
Senior Manager, Tariffs

c.c.:  Joanne Baldassi, CRTC
Ted Woodhead, TELUS

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