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Ottawa, 10 May 2012
Assistant General Counsel – Regulatory Law
160 Elgin Street
Re: Follow-up to Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2012-185 – Amendments to the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations in regards to the definition of demarcation point
In paragraph 11 of its 30 April 2012 comments, Bell Canada (Bell) submitted that it would increase transparency and certainty for the Commission to confirm that under the Commission’s proposed amendment to the definition of demarcation point, either the licensee that owns the wire or the licensee wishing to use the wire may agree with the customer or subscriber to locate the demarcation point somewhere other than the fixed location.
In order to fully understand Bell’s request, please provide answers to the following:
- Explain why the licensee wishing to use the inside wire needs to be able to negotiate an alternative demarcation point with the customer or subscriber.
- Identify and comment on any particular issues or concerns with negotiating the demarcation point which arise in the commercial/institutional context.
- Address the impact, if any, of Bell’s proposed approach on exempt BDUs who may similarly wish to use the inside wire pursuant to section 10 of the Regulations.
Please provide examples and diagrams to illustrate your answers.
The information requested should be received by the Commission by no later than 21 May 2012, with a copy provided to Rogers Communications Partnership (Rogers).
Roger Communications Partnership will have until 28 May 2012 to provide comments on the Bell replies and Bell will then have until 31 May 2012 to reply.
We ask that you please repeat each question in your reply.
You are reminded that applicants are required to file their applications, related documents and related correspondence electronically using Access Key found under Application Forms at the following link http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/INFO_SHT/g100.htm.
Should you need further information concerning this application, please do not hesitate to contact me by telephone at 819-997-6064 or by telecopier at 819-994-0218.
Analyste principal / Senior Analyst
Politiques et demandes relatives à la télévision, Radiodiffusion
Television Policy and Applications, Broadcasting
télécopieur / facsimile (819) 953-0795
Conseil de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications canadiennes / Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
Gouvernement du Canada
Government of Canada
c.c. Rogers Communications Partnership (email@example.com)
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