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Ottawa, 17 May 2012

File No.: 8000-C12-24/02


To:  Distribution List (attached)

Re:  Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership, Bell Canada, TELUS Communications Company, and Télébec, Limited Partnership – Modification of wording in French-language local network interconnection tariffs

Dear Sirs:

This is in response to comments filed by TELUS Communications Company (TCC) regarding a number of tariff notices (TNs) filed by small incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs).1  In their TNs, the small ILECs proposed to introduce local network interconnection tariffs.

In these proceedings, TCC indicated that there was an error in the provisions related to traffic imbalance proposed by the small ILECs. Specifically, the proposed tariffs provided that the small ILECs would notify the competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) if, during interconnection, a traffic imbalance between the small ILEC and the CLEC occurred over three consecutive months in one or more specific trunk groups.  TCC indicated that the three-month period does not apply to small ILECs because they are proposing to interconnect based on local interconnection regions (LIRs).  TCC indicated that this error also appears in the French version of the access services tariffs for Bell Canada, Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership (Bell Aliant), and TCC.

Commission staff has examined the local network interconnection tariffs for Bell Aliant, Bell Canada, TCC, and Télébec, Limited Partnership (Télébec), and considers that the French-language wording for the tariffs is incorrect.  Specifically, the French-language wording for these tariffs does not distinguish between the timeframes for traffic imbalance notification applicable to the exchange-based interconnection regime and the LIR-based interconnection regime.  Commission staff therefore considers that the French-language wording of the following tariff subsections should be modified:

- Bell Aliant, Access Services Tariff CRTC 21562, subsection 105.3.(a)(9)

- Bell Canada, Access Services Tariff CRTC 7516, subsection 105.3.(a)(9)

- TCC, Access Services Tariff CRTC 25082, subsection 1.05.03 a.(9)

- Télébec, General Tariff CRTC 25140, subsection

Commission staff proposes the following wording, which may be modified to reflect each company’s specific situation:

Il peut se produire un déséquilibre de trafic lorsque l’échange de trafic entre une ESLC et l’Entreprise se fait sur des circuits désignés à facturation sans partage.  Dans le cas d’une interconnexion existante basée sur la circonscription, l’Entreprise avise l’ESLC du déséquilibre lorsque, à compter du sixième mois suivant le lancement sur le marché, elle constate un déséquilibre de trafic pendant trois mois consécutifs sur un groupe de circuits donné.  Dans le cas d’une interconnexion basée sur la RIL, l’Entreprise avisera l’ESLC du déséquilibre dès qu’elle le détecte.  Les tarifs mensuels s’appliquent aux déséquilibres de trafic réels à compter de la date où l’Entreprise avise l’ESLC de l’existence d’un déséquilibre, pour aussi longtemps que le déséquilibre existe.  La facturation commencera un mois après la date de l’avis.

Accordingly, Bell Aliant, Bell Canada, TCC, and Télébec are each required to file, for Commission approval, a tariff notice to modify the French-language wording of the tariff subsection set out above within 15 business days of the issuance of this letter.

Yours sincerely,

‘Original signed by M. Murray’

Michel Murray
Director, Decisions and Operations

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



Distribution List

Mr. Denis E. Henry
Vice-President – Legal, Regulatory and Government Affairs
Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership
160 Elgin Street, 19th floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 2C4

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

Mr. Allen Mercier
Director, Regulatory Research
Télébec, Limited Partnership
87 Ontario Street West, 5th floor St-Urbain
Montreal, Quebec
H2X 1Y8

Mr. Ted Woodhead
Vice-President, Telecom Policy and Regulatory Affairs
TELUS Communications Company
215 Slater Street, 8th floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 0A6

[1] The TNs are the following:

-  TN 58, 58/A, and 58/B, Téléphone Milot inc.
-   TN 149, 149/A, and 149/B, Sogetel inc.
-   TN 60, 60/A, and 60/B, Téléphone Guèvremont inc.

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