ARCHIVED - Telecom Commission Letter addressed to Sylvie Neault (La Compagnie de Téléphone de Lambton Inc.)

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Ottawa, 27 July 2015

Our reference:  8740-L2-201506718


Sylvie Neault
Legal Secretary
La Compagnie de Téléphone de Lambton Inc.

RE: Designation of confidential cost information filed in cost studies supporting revised direct connect service rates

On 22 June 2015, La Compagnie de Téléphone de Lambton Inc. (Lambton) filed for Commission approval tariff pages for direct connect (DC) service in which the proposed rate is supported by a cost study. Certain information was provided to the Commission in confidence pursuant to section 39 of the Telecommunications Act.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure (the Rules of Procedure) address the filing by parties of information in confidence on the record of a public proceeding. Specifically, section 32 of the Rules of Procedure states that, when a party designates information as confidential:

(1)   The party that designates information as confidential must provide reasons, as well as any supporting documents, why the disclosure of the information would not be in the public interest, including why the specific direct harm that would be likely to result from the disclosure would outweigh the public interest; and

2)   The party must either file with the Commission an abridged version, intended to be made available to the public, of the document that contains the information or provide reasons, as well as any supporting documents, why an abridged version cannot be filed.

Lambton filed an abridged version of Tables 1-5 of its cost study, but designated all values as confidential. Lambton is requested to re-submit the abridged version of Tables 1-5 of its cost study with the inclusion of cost information that should be public, or provide reasons why the cost information should not be disclosed. 

The Commission provided directions on what cost information should be disclosed in cost studies filed in support of tariff filings in Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-961, Procedures for filing confidential information and requesting its disclosure in Commission proceedings, 23 December 2010. The Appendix to this decision was subsequently amended by Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-961-1 to reflect additional directives provided in Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2012-592, Confidentiality of information used to establish wholesale service rates, 26 October 2012.

Lambton is to file with the Commission all information to be provided pursuant to this letter by 3 August 2015.

Yours sincerely

‘Original signed by’

Lyne Renaud
Competitor Services and Costing Implementation


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