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Ottawa, February 1st, 2013

Our reference: 8640-B54-201215137


Barry Stone
Quadro Communications Co-operative Inc.
1845 Road 164, P.O. Box 101
P.O. Box 101
Kirkton, ON N0K 1K0

RE: Application for forbearance from the regulation of residential local exchange services in various Bell Aliant exchanges

Dear Sir,

On 30 November 2012, the Commission received a Part 1 application by Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership (Bell Aliant), requesting forbearance from the regulation of residential local exchange services in various Bell Aliant exchanges – including the exchanges of Lucan and Mitchell, Ontario.

In its application, Bell Aliant submitted that it has met the competitor presence test in these exchanges because its analysis showed that Quadro Communications Co-operative Inc. (Quadro) is capable of serving at least 75 percent of the households in the exchanges.

Paragraph 28(1)(a) of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure provides that the Commission may request parties to file information or documents where needed.

Quadro is requested to provide comprehensive answers, including rationale and any supporting information, to the attached question by 8 February 2013. Bell Aliant may provide a reply to Quadro’s response by 15 February 2013.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Regulatory Implementation

Laurie Ventura, CRTC (819) 997-4589,

Request for information

1. In its intervention, dated 15 January 2013, Quadro states that it is capable of serving less than 75 percent of the households in the Mitchell and Lucan exchanges. Specifically, Quadro notes that it is able to serve (a) 1759 of the 2414 residential households in the Mitchell exchange, or 72.8 percent of the number of households in that exchange; and (b) 954 of the 1396 residential households in the Lucan exchange, or 68.5 percent of the customer base in that exchange.

Respond to Bell Aliant’s reply comments, dated 28 January 2013. In particular, explain how Quadro determined the number of residential households it is capable of serving in the exchanges of Mitchell and Lucan.

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