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Ottawa, 29 August 2012
Our Reference: 8663-C12-201108754
Mr. Denis Henry
Vice-President - Regulatory, Government Affairs and Public Law
Bell Aliant Regional Communications, L.P.
160 Elgin Street
Mr. Philippe Gauvin
Counsel - Regulatory Law and Policy
160 Elgin Street
RE: Review of regulatory framework for the small incumbent local exchange carriers and related matters, Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-348-4 - Requests for information
Pursuant to the procedure set out in paragraph 42 of Review of regulatory framework for the small incumbent local exchange carriers and related matters, Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-348-4, 30 July 2012, attached are requests for information addressed to Bell Aliant Regional Communications Limited Partnership, Bell Canada, KMTS and NorthernTel Limited Partnership (“Bell et al.”).
The responses to the interrogatories are to be filed with the Commission and served on all parties by 19 September 2012. The responses are to be received, and not merely sent, by this date.
‘Original signed by J. Macri’
c.c.: William Lloyd, CRTC, (819) 997-4654, firstname.lastname@example.org
401 At paragraph 11 of their 22 February 2012 submission, Bell et al. propose that the small ILECs be permitted to price services in the Fourth Basket up to any rate approved by the Commission or any forborne rate in Canada for similar services.
Propose criteria on which the Commission could rely to assess whether a small ILEC service rate should be priced up to a similar service rate. Provide examples on how to apply these proposed criteria.
402 The current small ILEC regulatory framework permits an exogenous factor adjustment for events that satisfy the following criteria:
(a) they are legislative, judicial or administrative actions which are beyond the control of the company;
(b) they are addressed specifically to the telecommunications industry; and
(c) they have a material impact on the company.
For the next small ILEC regulatory framework, does Bell et al. propose any changes to these criteria?
403 Under the current small ILEC regulatory framework, the maximum permissible cumulative increase to monthly rates in any 12 month period for services in the First Basket is $4.
For the next small ILEC regulatory framework, what changes, if any, does Bell et al. propose to this maximum permissible increase?
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