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Ottawa, 9 November 2012

Our reference: 8661-P11-201214098


Mr. Christopher K. Hickey
Analyst, Regulatory Affairs
Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc.
5343 Dundas Street West, Suite 400
Toronto, Ontario  M9B 6K5

RE:   Part I Application seeking relief related to the impending forbearance of wholesale services classified as non-essential subject to phase-out

Dear Mr. Hickey:

On 6 November 2012, Primus Telecommunications Inc. (Primus) on behalf of itself and Globility Communications Corporation (collectively, Primus) filed the above-noted application requesting certain relief related to the impending forbearance of certain wholesale services classified as non-essential subject to phase-out1 in Revised regulatory framework for wholesale services and definition of essential service, Telecom Decision CRTC 2008-17, 3 March 2008 (Telecom Decision 2008-17). Primus requested that with respect to the services of Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Partnership and Bell Canada (the Bell companies) and Telus Communication Company (TCC) subject to phase-out on 3 March 2013, the Commission extend the date for forbearance in particular circumstances.

Primus also requested that the Commission grant interim relief by delaying the forbearance date for the non-essential services subject to phase-out of the Bell companies and TCC, until a decision is issued on its application. Primus proposed an expedited process related to its request for interim relief, i.e., 10 days for responses by parties and 5 days for reply comments by Primus.

By letter dated 8 November 2012, the Bell companies submitted that the entire process for comment and reply to the Primus Application, including both interim and final relief, be subject to an expedited process.

In the circumstances, Commission staff considers that an expedited process for both the interim and final relief sought by Primus is appropriate. Accordingly, parties may file comments on Primus’ application by 19 November 2012, serving copies on Primus. Primus may file reply comments by 26 November 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

C.c.: Parties to Telecom Decision 2008-17

[1] The forbearance date for certain services classified as non-essential subject to a phase-out period in Telecom Decision 2008-17 is 3 March 2013.

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