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Ottawa, 4 August 2011

Ref. No:  8643-C12-201105297



Mr. Serge Désy
President and CEO
Association des compagnies de téléphone du Québec
on behalf of the Canadian Independent Telephone Company Joint Task Force


Re: Request to pose an additional interrogatory in the network interconnection proceeding - Telecom Notice of Consultation 2011-206

The Commission is in receipt of a letter dated 3 August 2011 from the Canadian Independent Telephone Company Joint Task Force (JTF) regarding the network interconnection proceeding.  In its letter, the JTF requested that the Commission permit the JTF to pose an additional interrogatory to certain parties to this proceeding.

In support of its request, the JTF referred to a statement by the Commission in Telecom Decision 2011-416 related to the relevant factors in determining whether a call is considered local or long distance.  The JTF then stated that responses to its additional interrogatory would add valuable information to the record of this proceeding and assist the small Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (small ILECs) and the Commission in determining how calls are being routed to the small ILECs today, and what regulatory measures need to be put in place to ensure that certain principles proposed in the JTF’s 2 June 2011 intervention are respected by industry players.

Commission staff notes that, pursuant to the procedure set out for this network interconnection proceeding, requests for information were to be filed with the Commission on or before 30 June 2011.

Commission staff is not persuaded that the Commission’s statement in Telecom Decision 2011-416 identified by JTF provides a compelling basis to allow the requested interrogatory to be posed at this late stage.  In Commission staff’s view, it was open to the JTF to have posed the requested interrogatory prior to the 30 June 2011 deadline.  Further, Commission staff notes that the Commission’s statement in the paragraph identified by JTF is not new as the Commission made a similar finding in 1998.

In light of the above the JTF’s request is denied.


Yours sincerely,

Original signed by Robert Martin


John Macri
Director, Telecommunications Policy


cc:  Parties to Telecom Notice of Consultation 2011-206
Bob Martin (CRTC)

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

TELUS Communications Company – Application for clarification and expedited relief concerning the manner in which Bell Canada intends to implement Telecom Decision 2010-908, Telecom Decision CRTC 2011-416, 11 July 2011

Implementation of price cap regulation and related issues, Telecom decision CRTC 98-2, 5 March 1998

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