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Ottawa, 13 August 2013

Our Reference: 8622-S9-201311100

By email

To: Distribution list

Re: Procedures for authorized and unauthorized attachments pursuant to incumbent carriers’ support structure tariffs

Dear Madam, Sir:

In a letter dated 6 August 2013, the Commission issued requests for information related to Shaw Communications Inc. (Shaw)’s application regarding the interpretation of TELUS Communications Company’s (TCC) support structure tariffs as it relates to certain third-party attachments.

In subsequent letters, Bell Aliant Reginal Communications, Limited Partnership, Bell Canada and Télébec, Limited Partnership (collectively, the Bell companies), Shaw and TCC proposed, among other things, to allow for an inter-party interrogatory process and to provide more time to answer the questions and to file their comments and reply.

Commission staff is of the view that it would be appropriate to allow for an inter-party interrogatory process in order to help the Commission properly address the application. These interrogatories are to be confined to matters necessary for disposing of the application in question, i.e. the interpretation of incumbent local exchange carrier support structure tariffs as they pertain to a licensee’s ability to attach third-party telecommunications facilities such as Wi-Fi equipment without filling an application with the incumbent carrier, as well as the identification of any policy concerns that a given interpretation of the support structure tariff could raise that may need to be addressed by the Commission in a subsequent proceeding.

Accordingly, parties may address relevant interrogatories to any other party. Any person who is not already a party to this proceeding that wishes to participate in the inter-party interrogatory process is to advise the Commission, and other parties to this proceeding, by 16 August 2013. Such interrogatories are to be filed with the Commission and served on the relevant party or parties by no later than 21 August 2013. The Bell companies and TCC are requested to re-file their interrogatories, taking into account the above.

In light of the above, the process for the above-noted proceeding is modified as follow:

• Responses to the inter-party interrogatories are to be filed with the Commission and served on all parties by 6 September 2013.

• Responses to the 6 August 2013 Commission’s requests for information, comments on inter-party interrogatories and the application are to be filed with the Commission and served on all parties by 16 September 2013.

• All parties may file reply comments with the Commission and served on all parties by 27 September 2013.

As set out in Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin 2010-961, Procedures for filing confidential information and requesting its disclosure in Commission proceedings, parties may designate certain information as confidential. Parties must provide an abridged version of the document involved, accompanied by a note explaining how the information removed is confidential.

All submissions are to be made in accordance with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure, SOR/2010-277.


Original signed by:

Mario Bertrand
Director, Dispute Resolution

c.c: Jesslyn Mullaney, CRTC,

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