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Ottawa, 16 March 2012

File Nos.:  8740-B2-201201277


Mr. Philippe Gauvin
Bell Canada
160 Elgin Street, 19th floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 2C4

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Mr. Denis E. Henry
Vice-President – Regulatory, Government Affairs and Public Law
Bell Aliant
160 Elgin Street, 19th floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 2C4

Re:  Bell Aliant Tariff Notice 400 and Bell Canada Tariff Notice 7345 - CNOC’s request for disclosure of information

Dear Sirs,

On 31 January 2012, Bell Aliant Regional Communication, Limited Partnership (Bell Aliant) and Bell Canada (collectively, the Bell companies) filed Bell Aliant Tariff Notice (TN) 400 and Bell Canada TN 7345.  As part of that filing, the Bell companies provided table 1 as a confidential attachment.

By letter dated 2 March 2012, Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc. (CNOC) requested disclosure of the information submitted in confidence by the Bell companies in Table 1.  On 12 March 2012, the Bell companies replied to CNOC’s request for disclosure.

Requests for disclosure of information designated as confidential are addressed in light of sections 38 and 39 of the Telecommunications Act (the Act) and sections 30 and following of the CRTC Rules of Practice and Procedure (the Rules).  In evaluating a request, an assessment is made as to whether the information falls into a category of information that can be designated confidential pursuant to section 39 of the Act.  The Commission then assesses whether there is any specific direct harm likely to result from the disclosure of the information in question and whether any such harm outweighs the public interest in disclosure. In making this evaluation, a number of factors are taken into consideration, including the degree of competition and the importance of the information to the ability of the Commission to obtain a full and complete record.  The factors considered by the Commission are discussed in more detail in Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-961 Procedures for filing confidential information and requesting its disclosure in Commission proceedings.

Having regard to all of the considerations set out above and to the parties’ submissions, the Bell companies are to place on the public record of this proceeding, by 21 March 2012, all information in Table 1 except for the values indicated by letters (a) through (r).  It is considered that the specific direct harm, if any, likely to be caused by disclosure of this information would not outweigh the public interest in its disclosure.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by T. Vilmansen (for)

Yvan Davidson
Competitor Services and Costing

cc:  Doug Thurston, CRTC (819) 997-4579
Ramin Adim, CRTC (819) 997-4298

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