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Ottawa, 17 April 2012

File No.: 8650-B54-201200469


To: Distribution List

RE: Part 1 Application – Request to grant flexibility to increase pay telephone rates – Further process

The Commission received an application from Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership, Bell Canada and Télébec, Limited Partnership (collectively, Bell Canada et al.), dated 17 January 2012, in which the companies requested the flexibility to increase their pay telephone (payphone) rates. In a letter dated 27 January 2012, the comment period for this application was extended to 30 March 2012, and Commission staff indicated that any further process would be determined following the close of the comment period.

The Commission received interventions opposing Bell Canada et al.’s application from the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and Canada Without Poverty (collectively, the Consumer Groups), l’Union des consommateurs (l’Union) and 45 members of the public.

As part of their intervention, the Consumer Groups requested (a) disclosure of certain information filed in confidence by Bell Canada et al. and (b) that further process be allowed for written interrogatories.  The Consumer Groups further requested that, at the close of this proceeding, the Commission schedule a public interest payphones proceeding. L’Union also requested that the Commission initiate a process by means of a Notice of Consultation to examine Bell Canada et al.’s application and other issues related to payphones.

In the circumstances, Commission staff considers that it would be in the public interest to allow for written interrogatories in this proceeding.  Commission staff further considers that the process set out below provides for a meaningful opportunity for all parties to participate in this proceeding.  Accordingly, the additional process is set out as follows:

Parties are reminded that, in accordance with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure, 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. A document must be filed with the Commission by 5 p.m. Vancouver time (8 p.m. Ottawa time) on the date it is due.

It is expected that a decision on the issues raised in Bell Canada et al.’s application will be published within four months of the close of record.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

John Macri,
Director, Telecommunications Policy

c.c.: Adam Mills, CRTC, (819) 997-4574,

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