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Ottawa, April 10, 2013

Our reference: 8740-B54-201305087
8740-B2-201305079

BY EMAIL

Mr. Denis E. Henry
Vice President
Regulatory, Government and Public Law
Bell Aliant Regional Communications
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2C4
regulatory@bell.aliant.ca

Mr. Philippe Gauvin
Senior Counsel- Regulatory Law and Policy
Bell Canada
160 Elgin Street, 19th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2C4
bell.regulatory@bell.ca

Re: Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership Tariff Notice 434 and Bell Canada Tariff Notice 7379

Dear Sirs:

On 25 March 2013 the Commission received applications from Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership and Bell Canada (collectively, the Bell companies) under cover of Tariff Notices 434 and 7379, respectively, seeking an increase to $1.50 in the monthly payment option rate for the legacy Gateway Access Service (GAS) business service charge to make it the same as the corresponding residential rate. The stated rationale for the increase is the principle of symmetry between business and residential rates as most recently articulated in the Commission’s determination in Telecom Decision CRTC 2013-73 with respect to Fibre to the Node (FTTN) – High Speed Access (HSA) services in which the Commission found that residential and business services were essentially the same.

Commission staff notes that the principle of symmetry relied on by the Bell companies is currently subject to consideration by the Commission with respect to legacy GAS services in Telecom Notice of Consultation 2013-79, Review of rate principles for legacy business wholesale high-
speed access services. Further, the Bell companies have, in a separate application also dated 25 March 2013, asked the Commission to review and vary the Commission’s determination in Telecom Decision CRTC 2013-73 regarding symmetry with respect to the mark-up applied to the Companies' wholesale business HSA services provided over FTTN facilities. As noted above, this is the same Commission determination relied on by the Bell companies to support the requested increase in the monthly payment option rate for the legacy GAS business services.

Given that the principle of symmetry relied on by the Bell companies is under consideration in at least two proceedings, Commission staff proposes to take no further action with respect to the above-noted tariff notices pending the outcome of those proceedings. Accordingly, the files relating to these tariff notice applications have been closed.

It is open to the Bell companies to re-file both tariff notices once the Commission’s determinations in the above-noted proceedings have been issued.

Yours truly,

Original signed by

Lyne Renaud
Director, Competitor Services and Costing
Telecommunications Directorate

c.c.: Lyne Renaud, CRTC, 819-953-5414, lyne.renaud@crtc.gc.ca
Pamela Cormier, CRTC, 819-953-9675, pamela.cormier@crtc.gc.ca

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