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Ottawa, 16 February 2012

Our reference: 8740-B7-201201441

By E-mail

Ms. Faye Hughes
Regulatory Analyst
Bruce Telecom
Box 80, 3145 Hwy 21 North
Tiverton, Ontario
N0G 2T0

RE:  Tariff Notice 140 – Access Services Tariff

Dear Madam:

On 3 February 2012, the Commission received the above-mentioned tariff notice submitted by Bruce Telecom (Bruce).  In its application, Bruce indicated that the proposed tariff was filed in accordance with Telecom Decision 2012-35,1 in which the Commission set out its determinations regarding Bruce’s implementation plans for local competition and wireless number portability. Bruce Telecom submitted that its application was a Group B retail tariff filing pursuant to Approval processes for tariff applications and intercarrier agreements, Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-455, 5 July 2010 (Information Bulletin 2010-455).

Commission staff has reviewed Bruce’s application and considers that some modifications to the proposed tariff are required, as set out below.

At the beginning of its proposed tariff, Bruce included the following note:

Because the Commission has forborne, in Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-19, with respect to the regulation of this service as set out in that decision, Bruce Telecom may also provide the services in this tariff at rates and on terms different from the tariffed rates and terms pursuant to an agreement entered into between Bruce Telecom and a competitor that has been filed with the Commission for the public record.

Commission staff notes that Telecom Regulatory Policy 2009-192 amended aspects of Telecom Decision 2008-17,3 which set out the restructured regulatory framework for wholesale services.  Commission staff also notes that these decisions do not apply to small incumbent local exchange carriers.  Accordingly, Commission staff considers that this note should be removed.

Commission staff also notes that Bruce included provisions regarding the treatment of imbalance traffic compensation that only apply in the operating territories of Bell Canada and Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership pursuant to Telecom Decision 2010-787.4  Accordingly, Commission staff considers that these provisions should be removed from Bruce’s proposed tariff.

Commission staff also considers that Bruce should amend the description of its Local Interconnection region (LIR) in order to indicate the name of all exchanges included in its Port Elgin LIR.

In light of the above, Commission staff requests Bruce to file an amended application which includes the changes described in the appendix to this letter by 23 February 2012.

In addition, Commission staff considers that this application does not meet the definition of a Group B retail tariff filing as indicated in Information Bulletin 2010-455 as it does not deal with services provided to retail customers, but with services that would be provided only to competitors.  For purposes of efficiency, 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.

Accordingly, the application will follow the procedures described in Information Bulletin 2010-455 for Competitor tariffs:

-  Interested parties may file interventions 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.

The company is therefore not to implement its proposed tariff until a Commission order is issued disposing of this application.

Yours sincerely,

‘Original signed by S. Bédard’

Suzanne Bédard
Senior Manager, Tariffs

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

[1]  Bruce Telecom – Implementation of local competition for Bragg Communications Inc., operating as EastLink, and wireless number portability for Rogers Communications, on behalf of Rogers Wireless, Telecom Decision CRTC 2012-35, 24 January 2012

[2]  Bell Canada et al.'s application to review and vary Telecom Decision 2008-17 with respect to negotiated agreements, Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-19, 19 January 2009

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

[4]  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, as amended by Telecom Decision CRTC 2010-787-1, 16 August 2011


Appendix - Requested changes to Bruce’s proposed tariff

Bruce is to make the following changes to it proposed tariff:


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