ARCHIVED - Telecom Procedural Letter Addressed to David Watt (Rogers Communications Inc.) and Bram Abramson (TekSavvy Solutions Inc.)

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Ottawa, 8 December 2015

Our reference:  8663-T117-201513325


Mr. David Watt
Senior Vice President – Regulatory
Rogers Communications Inc.
333 Bloor Street East, 9th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M4W 1G9

Mr. Bram Abramson
Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer
TekSavvy Solutions Inc.
800 Richmond Street
Chatham ON N2M 5J5

RE:  Part 1 application by TekSavvy Solutions Inc. in respect of ensuring transitional wholesale access – Process letter

Dear Sirs:

The Commission is in receipt of a Part 1 Application (Application) filed by TekSavvy Solutions Inc. (TekSavvy) on 4 December 2015 in which TekSavvy states that Rogers Communications Inc. (Rogers) is currently engaged in the removal of coaxial cable from a Toronto neighbourhood, in favour of an upgrade of cable distribution network involving a fibre optic connection. TekSavvy further states that Rogers intends to complete the transition by 16 December 2015 at which time the existing coax cable will be taken out of service.   

In its Application TekSavvy requests, among other things, that the Commission grant interim relief on an expedited basis by:

  1. halting the removal of existing coaxial infrastructure available to wholesale customers, until the issues raised in this Application have been disposed of; or
  2. ensuring that wholesale access to the access facilities required to provision downstream retail services is always provided for, through Rogers committing to the maintenance of existing aggregated tariffs in a technology-neutral matter, regardless of infrastructure, in respect of new endpoints-as Rogers has already committed to do in respect of TPIA delivered to existing endpoints, which will be grandfathered.

Commission staff considers that in the circumstances an expedited process for the interim relief requested is appropriate. Accordingly, Rogers is to file its answer to the Application, serving a copy on TekSavvy with respect to interim relief no later than 8:00 PM December 9th 2015. Reply comments from TekSavvy may be filed by no later than 10:00 AM December 11th 2015.

With respect to the Application’s request for final relief, Commission staff intends to issue a process letter to address this matter shortly.


Original signed by

Lyne Renaud
Director, Competitive Services & Costing Implementation
Telecommunications sector

c.c.:  Dorothea Schramm,
Andy Kaplan-Myrth,
Doug Thurston,
Tom Vilmansen,

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