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Ottawa, 13 February 2012

Our Ref.: 8740-S4-201201459


Ms. Louise Bégin
Legal Counsel
Sogetel Inc.
111 12-Novembre Street
Nicolet, Quebec
J3T 1S3

Re:  Tariff Notices 149 and 149/A - Local Network Interconnection

Dear Ms. Bégin:

On 3 February 2012, the Commission received Sogetel Inc. (Sogetel) Tariff Notice 149 - Local Network Interconnection, which was amended on 7 February 2012.  In its application, Sogetel indicated that the proposed tariff was in response to Telecom Decision 2012-421 regarding Sogetel’s implementation plan for local competition with respect to TELUS Communications Company and Cogeco Cable Inc.  The company indicated that its application qualified as a Group B retail filing pursuant to Telecom Information Bulletin 2010-455 – Approval processes for tariff applications and intercarrier agreements (Information Bulletin 2010-455), dated 5 July 2010.

Commission staff notes that Sogetel included provisions regarding the treatment of imbalance traffic compensation which, in accordance with Telecom Decision 2010-787,2 apply only to the operating territories of Bell Aliant Regional Communications Limited Partnership and Bell Canada.  Commission staff considers that it is appropriate to remove those provisions from Sogetel's tariff proposal.

Accordingly, staff requires Sogetel to file an amended application that includes the changes set out in the Appendix no later than 20 February 2012.

Further, Commission staff considers that this application does not satisfy the definition of Group B retail tariff filings set out in Information Bulletin 2010-455, since it does not address services provided to retail customers, but rather services that would be provided only to competitors.  For purposes of efficiency, therefore, the Commission will process this application as a Competitor tariff filing rather than close the file and require the company to re-file it as a new application.

The application will therefore follow the procedure described in Information Bulletin 2010-455 regarding competitor tariffs:

-  Interested parties may file intervention within 30 calendar days of the filing date of an application; and

-  The applicant may file reply comments within 10 calendar days of the deadline for filing interventions.

Accordingly, the company is not to implement the proposed amendments until the Commission has rendered its determination regarding this application in the form of an order.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by 

Suzanne Bédard
Senior Manager, Tariffs

cc:  Sylvie Labbé, CRTC (819) 953-4945,

[1]  Sogotel inc. – Implementation of local competition for Cogeco Cable Inc., Telecom Decision CRTC 2012-42, 24 January 2012.

[2]  Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership and Bell Canada – Proposed revision to the treatment of imbalance traffic compensation, Telecom Decision CRTC 2010-787, 25 October 2010, amended by Telecom Decision CRTC 2010-787-1, 16 August 2011.

Appendix – Requested changes to Sogetel’s tariff proposal

Sogetel is to make the following changes to its tariff proposal:

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