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Ottawa, 14 March 2012

File Nos:  8740-B54-201202332

By E-Mail

Mr. Philippe Gauvin
Senior Counsel – Regulatory Law & Policy
Bell Canada
160 Elgin Street
19th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 2C4

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Mr. Denis E. Henry
Vice-President - Regulatory, Government Affairs & Public Law
Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership
160 Elgin Street
19th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 2C4

RE:   Bell Aliant Tariff Notice 402 and Bell Canada Tariff Notice 7347 - Rate bands on various tariff items

Dear Sirs,

On 2 March 2012, the Commission received an application by Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership (Bell Aliant) and Bell Canada (collectively, the Bell companies), respectively under Tariff Notices 402 and 7347, in which the companies proposed to remove, from various tariff items of their General Tariffs, references to rate bands that no longer have any regulated exchanges.  Specifically, the Bell companies have indicated that they no longer have any regulated exchanges in Bell Canada’s rate bands C1 and E3 and Bell Aliant’s rate band C1.  The Bell companies have also indicated that their applications are a Group B retail tariff filing.

Commission staff notes that the proposed tariff changes affect some local exchange services which are available for both residential and business customers.  Commission staff also notes that while there are no longer any regulated exchanges in the above-noted rate bands for residential local exchange services, not all exchanges in these bands have been forborne for business local exchange services.

The Bell companies are therefore requested to amend their tariff applications to reflect the fact that business local exchange services are still regulated in some of the above-noted rate bands.

Consequently, this application, along with all associated subsequent revisions, may not be approved on an interim basis on the 15th calendar day following receipt.  However, the Commission intends to dispose of this application, along with all associated subsequent revisions, within 45 business days of receipt of the filing.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by M. Murray (for)

Suzanne Bédard
Senior Manager, Tariffs

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

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