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Ottawa, 11 March 2015

Our reference: 8663-C12-201401041


Participants that filed confidential information as part of Telecom Notice of Consultation 2014-44

Re: Disclosure of Confidential Information – Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-44, Appointment of an Inquiry Officer to review matters related to transport services provided by satellite

Dear Sirs:

This letter addresses disclosure of information, submitted during the inquiry initiated by the above-noted Notice of Consultation, which was designated as confidential.

By letter dated 11 February 2015, it was noted that a public version of the Inquiry Officer’s report is to be made available. In order to ensure that the public report be as meaningful as possible, the following parties to the Inquiry were requested to disclose certain confidential information on the public record, or show cause why such information should not be disclosed: Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership; Bell Mobility, Hughes Network Systems, LLC; Iristel Inc. and Ice Wireless; Intelsat Corporation; MTS Inc.; Northern Indigenous Community Satellite Network partnership (NICSN) (Kativik Regional Government, K-net, Broadband Communications North, Inc.); Northwestel Inc.; O.N.Tel Inc. operating as Ontera; Saskatchewan Telecommunications, SES S.A. on behalf of New Skies Satellites B.V.; SSi Group of Companies; Telesat Canada; and Xplornet Communications Inc.

The above-noted parties filed responses to the requests for disclosure.

Pursuant to subsection 70(4) of the Telecommunications Act (the Act), the designation and disclosure of confidential information submitted to the Inquiry Officer are addressed in light of section 39 of the Act. In addition, sections 30 and following of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure apply to this process. In evaluating a request, an assessment is made as to whether the information at issue falls into a category of information that can be designated as confidential pursuant to section 39 of the Act. An assessment is then made as to whether there is any specific direct harm likely to result from the disclosure of the information in question and whether any such harm outweighs the public interest in disclosure. In making this evaluation, a number of factors are taken into consideration, including the degree of competition and the importance of disclosure of the information for the purpose of obtaining a fuller record.

Having regard to the considerations set out above, Intelsat, NICSN, Northwestel, SES, SSi and Telesat are to file with the Inquiry Officer, unless otherwise indicated, all information to be provided pursuant to this letter as set out in the Attachments. This information is to be filed by no later than 16 March 2015.


Original signed by

Commissioner Candice Molnar
Inquiry Officer

List of The Respective Company

Northern Indigenous Community Satellite Network (NICSN), Kativik Regional Government,; K-net,; BCNI
Northwestel Inc.,
SES on behalf of New Skies Satellites B.V.,
SSi Group of Companies,
Telesat Canada,

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