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Ottawa, 4 December 2015

Our references: 8740-B54-201403419 and 8740-B2-201403402


M. Philippe Gauvin
Senior Counsel - Regulatory Law & Policy
Bell Canada
Floor 19
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario   K2P 2C4

RE:  Bell Aliant Tariff Notice 481 and Bell Canada Tariff Notice 7427

Dear Sir,

In Allstream Inc. – Request to review and vary Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership and Bell Canada’s low-speed competitor digital network access service rates in Ontario and Quebec, Telecom Decision CRTC 2013-744, dated 20 December 2013, the Commission directed Bell Aliant and Bell Canada (collectively, the Bell companies) in Ontario and Quebec to file updated cost studies for low-speed Competitor digital network (CDN) access services (bandwidths of 64 kilobits per second (DS-0) and 1.544 megabits per second (Mbps) (DS-1).

On 23 April 2014, as a follow up to Telecom Decision 2013-744, the Commission received tariff applications Bell Aliant Tariff Notice 481 (TN 481) and Bell Canada Tariff Notice 7427 (TN 7427) which proposed new rates for their low-speed CDN access services.

Subsequently, via a Commission staff letter, dated 10 July 2014, the Commission informed the Bell companies that the consideration of their applications was deferred pending the Commission’s conclusions the proceeding initiated by Review of wholesale services and associated policies, Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2013-551, dated 27 October 2014 (Wholesale Review Proceeding).

On 20 August 2015, the Commission received Bell Canada Tariff Notice 7469 (TN 7469) which proposed changes to its Access Services Tariff (AST) CRTC 7516 in order to integrate into it Bell Aliant’s AST CRTC 21562. In Telecom Order CRTC 2015-492, dated 4 November 2015, the Commission approved TN 7469.

On 21 August 2015, the Commission received Bell Canada’s Tariff Notice 7471 (TN 7471) proposing changes to it AST CRTC 7516 item 130. TN 7471 was filed in accordance with the order to implement the Commission’s determinations in Review of wholesale wireline services and associated policies, Telecom Regulatory Policy 2015-326, dated 22 July 2015, in which the Commission froze the rates for certain services as of 22 July 2015. In Telecom Order 2015-461, dated 20 October 2015, the Commission approved TN 7471.

In light of i) the merger of Bell Aliant’s AST CRTC 21562 into Bell Canada’s AST CRTC 7516, and ii) the approval of TN 7471 impacting Bell Canada’s item 130, Commission staff considers that the disposition of TNs 481 and 7427 becomes moot. Accordingly, the files associated with both TNs 481 and 7427 are closed.


Original signed by

Lyne Renaud
Director, Competitor Services and Costing Implementation
Telecommunications Sector

c. c.:  Allen Trafford, Allstream, (613) 688-8794,
Doug Thurston, CRTC,
Christian Tacit, Tacit Law,

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