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Ottawa, 5 March 2012

Our reference: 8638-S1-01/98


To: Distribution List

Re: Forbearance from regulation of interexchange private line services – Reminder of 1 April 2012 submission deadline

In Stentor Resource Centre Inc. – Forbearance from regulation of interexchange private line services, Telecom Decision CRTC 97-20, 18 December 1997, the Commission forbore from regulating certain interexchange private lines (IXPLs) on a route-specific basis.

In Follow-up Proceeding to Telecom Decision CRTC 97-20: Establishment of criterion and process for considering further forbearance for High Capacity/DDS interexchange private line service, Telecom Order CRTC 99-434, 12 May 1999 (Order 99-434), the Commission established a process for considering further forbearance for High Capacity/Digital Data Services (DDS) interexchange private line services (IXPL services). Also in this order, the Commission directed the competitors of several incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) to file a report with the Commission, on 1 April and 1 October every year, serving a copy on the relevant companies, identifying the IXPL routes on which they provide, or offer to provide, IXPL services to at least one customer at DS-3 or greater bandwidth, using terrestrial facilities from a company other than the ILEC or an affiliate of the ILEC. Based on this evidence, and without further process, the Commission expected to quickly issue determinations granting forbearance on the routes in question.

In TELUS Communications Inc.’s request for audited competitors’ interexchange private line route reports, Telecom Decision CRTC 2005-42, 29 July 2005, the Commission directed that each future semi-annual IXPL report be signed by an officer of the company submitting the report, attesting to its accuracy and completeness.

This letter serves as a reminder that all competitors, including out-of-territory affiliates of the ILECs, Broadcasting Distribution Undertakings (BDUs) and BDU affiliates that provide telecommunications services, and hydroelectric entities with telecommunications operations, are to report all of their IXPL routes that meet the criterion established in Order 99-434, by 1st April 2012, and to serve a copy on the relevant companies.  Reports are to include all routes that a competitor may have previously reported as part of the semi-annual filings pursuant to Order 99-434.  Commission staff notes that reports that do not include all relevant routes, including new and previously identified routes, will be required to be re‑filed.  Also, in accordance with Telecom Decision 2005-42, the reports have to be signed by a company officer.  Finally, the reports have to be submitted electronically for posting on the Web.

In addition, ILECs, BDUs, and hydroelectric entities are reminded to refer to the Commission’s 16 March 2006 correspondence  regarding the use of its Data Collection System (DCS) to report the above-mentioned IXPL routes. Since the 1 April 2006 report, competitors of the relevant companies have been required to use DCS form 243 to report their IXPL routes pursuant to Order 99-434. Note that the use of this form does not eliminate the requirement for competitors to serve each semi-annual IXPL report on the relevant companies.

If a document is to be filed or served by a specific date, the document must be actually received, not merely sent, by that date.

Any questions regarding the operation of the DCS can be directed by e-mail to or by telephone to 819-997-4597.


Original signed by

Mario Bertrand
Competition Implementation and Technology

c.c.: Jeanne Lacombe, Senior Analyst, 819-997-4586
Competition Implementation and Technology

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