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Ottawa, January 17, 2013

Our reference: 8640-B54-201213826


Mr. Tom Woo
Advisor – Regulatory Compliance
TELUS Communications Company
100020-100 Street, 30th Floor
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0N5

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

RE: Applications for forbearance from the regulation of business local exchange services in various New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island exchanges – Additional Application Recipient

Dear Sirs:

On 31 October 2012 and 29 November 2012, the Commission received Part 1 applications by Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership (Bell Aliant), requesting forbearance from the regulation of business local exchange services in various exchanges in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. Bell Aliant copied Rogers and EastLink on the first of these applications, and Rogers on the second.

Commission staff notes that Forbearance from the regulation of retail local exchange services, Telecom Decision CRTC 2006-15, 6 April 2006, as amended by Order in Council P.C 2007-532, 4 April 2007 (modified Telecom Decision 2006-15), specifies that:

The applicant ILEC [incumbent local exchange carrier] will, prior to filing, serve a copy of its application on all registered CLECs [competitive local exchange carriers] and any other known TSP [telecommunications service provider] providing local exchange service in the relevant market. Other parties that may be interested in commenting on such applications for local forbearance will be responsible for monitoring the Commission's website in order to be aware of when such applications have been filed.

In a letter dated 15 January 2013, Bell Aliant noted that it was also copying TELUS Communications Company (TCC) on these two applications, including a revision to the 29 November 2012 application that was filed on 3 December 2012. It also noted that TCC is a TSP offering wireless services in each of the exchanges that are the subjects of the applications and that TCC was not relied upon to meet the competitor presence criterion. Bell Aliant further noted that the CLECs whose presence was noted in the applications, in addition to TCC, make up all the known CLECs and TSPs offering local exchange services in the exchanges covered by the applications.

Although TCC did not receive copies of the applications when they were filed, as required by Telecom Decision 2006-15, staff considers that given that the applications were posted for comments on the Commission’s website for a period of 30 days, TCC may already have been aware of them.

In the circumstances, staff considers it appropriate to extend the comment period for this file as follows:

  1. TCC may file comments on the applications by 25 January 2013.
  2. Bell Aliant may file reply comments by 30 January 2013.

Comments must be filed with the Commission, copying Bell Aliant and the other TSPs listed below.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Regulatory Implementation

Laurie Ventura, Manager – Tariffs, CRTC (819) 997-4589,

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