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Ottawa, 1 November 2012

Our Files: 8740-B20-201208307


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RE: Bell Canada Tariff Notice 926 and Télébec, Société en commandite Tariff Notices 452 and 452A

On 11 July 2012, Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership; Bell Canada; and Télébec, Société en commandite (Télébec) (collectively, the Bell companies) filed Bell Canada Tariff Notice (TN) 926 and Télébec TN 452. On 27 September 2012, the Bell companies field Télébec TN 452A.

On 10 August 2012, Bragg Communications Inc., carrying on business as EastLink; Cogeco Cable Inc.; Rogers Communications Partnership; Shaw Communications Inc.; and Quebecor Media Inc., on behalf of its affiliate Videotron G.P. (collectively the Cable carriers); and MTS Inc. and Allstream Inc. (collectively, MTS Allstream) filed comments.

Commission staff has reviewed the information on the record and determined that additional information is required to properly assess the applications. Accordingly, the Cable carriers and MTS Allstream are requested to provide by 22 November 2012, responses to the questions set in the Attachment, serving copies on all parties.

Other parties may file comments on the Cable carriers and MTS Allstream’ responses by 6 December 2012, serving copies on all parties. The Cable carriers and MTS Allstream may file reply comments by 17 December 2012, serving copies on all parties.

Where a document is to be filed or served by a specific date, the document must be actually received, not merely sent, by that date.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

Mario Bertrand
Director Dispute Resolution & Decisions

cc. : Bell Aliant :
Bell Canada :
Télébec :

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EastLink :
Cogeco Cable Inc.:
Quebecor Media Inc.:
Rogers Communications Partnership :
Shaw Communications Inc. :
MTS Allstream :


1. In paragraph 4 of the Bell companies’ application, the Bell companies state “...very few Licensees have actually reported their presence on service poles since [Follow-up to Telecom Decision 2010-900 - Service pole rate and markup issues, Telecom Decision CRTC 2011-406, 4 July 2011] was issued.” As Licensees on the Bell companies’ support structures, describe the processes that have been put in place to ensure that the subscribers drop wires placed by the Cable carriers and MTS Allstream on the Bell companies’ service poles are tracked and reported to the Bell companies.

2. In paragraph 46 of the Cable carriers’ 10 August 2012 comments, the Cable carriers state “[g]oing forward, should the Bell Companies wish to pursue the audit approach, the Cable Carriers submit that [the Bell companies] should be directed to invite licensees to participate in the audits in a manner reasonably determined by the licensees so as to verify and conduct due diligence on the results. This would be a much fairer, more efficient and more effective means of pursuing the audit approach and ensuring that both the Bell companies and licensees have the record necessary to support billing for service pole attachments”.

  1. Explain what the Licensees would determine to be a reasonable manner of participation in the audits. Would the Licensees’ participation in the audits include financial contribution?
  2. Explain in detail how the Licensees participation in future censuses in the Bell companies’ territories so as to verify and conduct due diligence on the results would be fairer, more efficient and effective than the Licensees obtaining information from the Bell companies.
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