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Ottawa, 17 July 2013

Our reference: 8740-B54-200708779


Mr. Denis E. Henry
Regulatory, Government Affairs and Public Law
Bell Aliant
160 Elgin Street, 19th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2C4

Re: Follow up to Telecom Decision CRTC 2013-166 – Port-out cancellation Charges

Dear Mr. Henry:

The Commission received an application from Eastlink, under cover of Tariff Notice 33, in which the company proposed to amend references to the port-out cancellation charge in its General Tariff. The company stated that its tariff currently references Bell Canada’s and Bell Aliant’s previously tariffed rates for port-out cancellation but that, at present, the Bell companies do not have a valid tariffed rate. Eastlink, therefore proposed an amended tariff page with references to the port-out cancellation rate approved for TELUS Communications Company in Telecom Order CRTC 2010-736.

In Forbearance from the regulation of certain wholesale local number portability services and associated matters, Telecom Decision CRTC 2013-166 (Decision 2013-166), 28 March 2013, the Commission found that cancellation charges are subject to the Essential Services framework and classified as an interconnection service, and that any carrier wishing to apply cancellation charges should file a proposed tariff for Commission approval if it does not already have one in place.

It has come to Commission staff’s attention that Bell Canada has a tariff for port-out cancellation charges under its Access Services Tariff, Item 115, but that Bell Aliant currently does not.

Please confirm whether or not Bell Aliant applies a port-out cancellation charge and if so, Bell Aliant is requested to file a proposed tariff pursuant to the Commission’s directions in Decision 2013-166 by 23 July 2013.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Regulatory Implementation

c.c.: Joanne Baldassi,CRTC, 819-997-3498,

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