ARCHIVED - Telecom Procedural Letter Addressed to Christopher J. Edwards (Canadian Cable Systems Alliance Inc.)

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Ottawa, 12 December 2014

Our reference:  8690-C151-201412064

By Email

Mr. Christopher J. Edwards
Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs
Canadian Cable Systems Alliance Inc.
447 Gondola Point Road
Quispamsis, New Brunswick

RE: Canadian Cable System Alliance Inc. - Application regarding alleged overbilled charges by TELUS Communications Company for service poles in British Columbia

Dear Sir,

On 24 November 2014, the Canadian Cable System Alliance Inc. (the CCSA) filed the above referenced application. In it, the CCSA alleged that TELUS Communications Company (TCC) was overbilling its members for service poles in British Columbia, in particular with regard to service poles located on private property.

In Raftview Communications Ltd. - Request for relief from alleged inappropriate charges by TELUS Communications Company for privately owned service poles, Telecom Decision CRTC 2014-645, 12 December 2014 (Telecom Decision 2014-645), the Commission found that TCC is precluded by its Support Structure Service tariff from charging licensees for service poles it does not own, unless the company has an agreement through which it has the right to provide licensees with access to those poles, and hence, exercises control over those poles.  Further, the Commission directed TCC to withdraw all invoices to Raftview and/or provide refunds to Raftview, as appropriate, for payments related to privately owned service poles that TCC does not control.  The Commission also directed TCC to apply the findings in the decision to any other similarly placed licensees.

In light of the above, Commission staff modifies the procedure for the above noted application as follows:

1) By no later than 8 January 2015, the CCSA must file with the Commission and serve a copy on TCC, its position as to which, if any, issues set out in its application it considers have not been resolved as a result of Telecom Decision 2014-645, and what relief, if any, is still requested from the Commission with respect to these issues.

2)TCC and any interested persons may file an answer or an intervention in response to the CCSA’s application, as modified by its 8 January filing, by 9 February 2015.

3) The CCSA may file its reply by 19 February 2015.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by

Mario Bertrand
Director, Dispute Resolution

c.c.: Kevin Pickell, CRTC,
TELUS Communications Company,

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