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Ottawa, 18 May 2012

Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership – Withdrawal of Two Party Line service for business customers in Newfoundland and Labrador

File number: Tariff Notice 434

1.        The Commission received an application by Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership (Bell Aliant), dated 7 May 2012, in which the company proposed changes to its General Tariff item 205.2 – Business Single-Line Access Service. Specifically, the company proposed to withdraw Two Party Line service for business customers in Newfoundland and Labrador.

2.        Bell Aliant stated that there are currently no subscribers to this service and no new demand is anticipated. It also stated that new business customers would be provided with Individual Line Access Service, consistent with the company’s tariffs.

3.        The Commission considers that, with the exception of the proposed effective date discussed below, Bell Aliant has complied with the requirements set out in Telecom Decision 2008-22, which revised the procedures for applications dealing with destandardization and/or withdrawal of tariffed services. The Commission notes that, since no customers currently subscribe to this service, a customer notice was not required.

4.        The Commission notes that Bell Aliant proposed an effective date of 1 July 2012 for its application. However, pursuant to Telecom Information Bulletin 2010-455, applications for service withdrawal must be filed with the Commission at least 45 business days before the proposed effective date. 

5.        The Commission therefore considers that the earliest effective date should be 12 July 2012.

6.        In light of the above, the Commission approves on an interim basis Bell Aliant’s application, effective 12 July 2012.

Secretary General

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