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Ottawa, 28 June 2011

Our file:  8643-C12-201105297


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Re:  Request from Public Mobile Inc. for clarification with respect to the scope of the network interconnection proceeding - Telecom Notice of Consultation 2011-206

The Commission is in receipt of a letter dated 22 June 2011 from Public Mobile Inc. (Public Mobile) regarding the scope of the network interconnection proceeding.  In its letter, Public Mobile requested that the portion of the submission made by the Bell companies on matters related to forbearance for wireless access service (WAS) be determined to be out of scope of the network interconnection proceeding.  Public Mobile argued that it is not necessary to include discussion of this issue in the proceeding because it would detract from broader issues of the interconnection regime and the Commission recently determined that the service is a mandatory interconnection service subject to cost-based pricing in the essential service decision.

In a letter dated 23 June 2011, the Bell companies submitted that matters related to the phasing out of network interconnection requirements based on circuit-switched technologies are within scope of the proceeding.  The Bell companies argued that, because WAS is a network interconnection requirement based on circuit-switched technologies, it follows that the conditions under which WAS may be phased out should be within scope.

Commission staff considers that, since the network interconnection proceeding was initiated to, in part, review possible changes to the existing wireless carrier interconnection regime, the conditions under which WAS could be phased out is relevant to this review.

Consequently, Commission staff is of the view that matters related to potential conditions of forbearance and phase-out of WAS are within the scope of the network interconnection proceeding.  Commission staff notes that parties will have the opportunity to address these matters at various stages in this proceeding (i.e. requests for information, presentations at the public hearing and final written arguments).

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

John Macri
Director, Telecommunications Policy

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Proceeding to review network interconnection matters, Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-206, 23 March 2011, as amended by Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-206-1, 3 May 2011

Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership, Bell Canada and Télébec, Société en commandite

Revised regulatory framework for wholesale services and definition of essential service, Telecom Decision CRTC 2008-17, 3 March 2008


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