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Ottawa, 11 May 2015

Our reference: 8661-C182-201503946


Mr. William Sandiford
Chair of the Board and President
Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc.
107-85 Curlew Drive
Toronto, ON, M3A 2P8

RE: CNOC Part 1 Application to make usage sensitive rates interim

Dear Mr. Sandiford:

The Commission is in receipt of a Part 1 application dated 29 April 2015, in which the Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc. (CNOC) requests that the Commission make interim various wholesale high-speed access and capacity rate per 100 megabits per second servicesFootnote 1 of: Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership, Bell Canada, Cogeco Cable Inc., Rogers Communications Partnership, Saskatchewan Telecommunications, Shaw Cablesystems G.P., Videotron G.P. and Telus Communications Company. CNOC also requested that the normal periods for answers and replies be abridged.

With respect to the time abridgement request, CNOC’s application – not including the appendices – is 27 pages long and addresses the criteria for interim relief generally applied by the Commission, which includes criteria such as irreparable harm and the balance of convenience. These are important issues, which would benefit from a fulsome record. Further, making rates interim introduces uncertainty in an industry that is fast-changing and is subject to important determinations that will be addressed in the Wholesale Wireline services proceeding as to whether the services in question should continue to be mandated. This militates in favour of parties being given adequate time to develop a fulsome record to assist the Commission in making its decision as to whether the rates at issue should be made interim.

Accordingly, CNOC’s request for abridged timelines is denied. The timelines set out in the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Rules of Practice and Procedure for the filing and serving of answers, interventions and replies will apply as follows:


Original signed by

John Traversy
Secretary General

c.c.: Lyne Renaud, CRTC,
Doug Thurston, CRTC,
Rogers Communications Partnership,
Cogeco Cable Inc.,
Québecor Média inc. (Videotron G.P.),
Shaw Cablesystems G.P.,
Bell Canada,
Saskatchewan Telecommunications,
Telus Communications Company,
Bell Aliant Regional Communications,


Footnote 1

There are two billing models associated with wholesale high-speed services: 1) the Flat Rate Billing Model which integrates access speed in Mbps and usage measured in GBs/month into one rate element, and 2) the Capacity Based Billing model which separates access and usage into two rate elements. The first element is rate per access speed in Mbps (tariffed as $ per access) and the second element is usage (tariffed as $ per capacity per 100 Mbps increments).

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