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Ottawa, 31 May 2012

File Nos.:  8740-B58-201202390

By E-mail

Natalie MacDonald
Vice President, Regulatory
EastLink Bluewater Communications Inc.
6080 Young Street, Suite 801
P.O. Box 8660, Station A
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3K 5M3

Dear Madam:

RE:  Bluewater TV Cable Tariff Notice 7 and EastLink Tariff Notice 32 - Port-Out Cancellation Charge

On 7 March 2012, the Commission received applications from EastLink, on behalf of itself and Bluewater TV Cable, proposing revisions to each company’s General Tariff to remove references to the port-out cancellation charge.

EastLink submitted that these applications were in the nature of housekeeping changes intended to reflect forbearance from the regulation of these charges, similar to the manner in which forbearance was granted for Bell Canada and Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership pursuant to Revised regulatory framework for wholesale services and definition of essential service, Telecom Decision CRTC 2008-17, 3 March 2008 (Telecom Decision 2008-17).

On 21 March 2012, Commission staff issued a letter in which it noted that these applications raise procedural issues that require additional consideration.

On 31 May 2012, the Commission issued Forbearance from the regulation of certain wholesale local number portability services, Telecom Notice of Consultation
CRTC 2012-317 (Notice of Consultation 2012-317), in which it requested comments on whether it should extend forbearance from the regulation of wholesale local number portability (LNP) services to all carriers.

In that notice, the Commission noted that determinations in Telecom Decision 2008-17 regarding the forbearance from regulation of wholesale LNP services applied to the specific tariff items of the large incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) and the cable carriers that were cited in the Appendix to that decision, but not to other carriers such as other competitive local exchange carriers and the small ILECs.

Consequently, the Commission intends to dispose of the above-noted applications after the proceeding initiated by Notice of Consultation 2012-317 is complete.

Yours sincerely,

‘Original signed by M. Murray’

Michel Murray
Director, Decisions and Operations

c.c.:  Joseph Cabrera, CRTC, (819) 934-6352,

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