Telecom Commission Letter addressed to Scott Mitchell (Cochrane Telecom Services)

Ottawa, 6 April 2016

Our reference: 8640-C1-201510826

BY EMAIL

Mr. Scott Mitchell
General Manager
Cochrane Telecom Services
153 Sixth Avenue
P.O. Box 640
Cochrane, ON  K1A 0N2
smitch@cochranetel.ca

Re:    Cochrane Telecom Services – Request for forbearance from the regulation of business local exchange services

Dear Sir:

On 8 September 2015, the Commission received an application from Cochrane Telecom Services (Cochrane), in which the company requested forbearance from the regulation of business local exchange services in the exchange of Cochrane, Ontario (the exchange). However, local competition was implemented in the exchange on 3 December 2015, after the application was filed.

In section 2 of Appendix 1 to Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-379, the Commission requires that small incumbent local exchange carriers applying for forbearance from the regulation of local exchange services in an exchange are to provide a list of all complaints that have been received from competitors during a six month period, or since the implementation of local competition if less than six months, beginning no earlier than eight months before the date of its application for local forbearance and ending at any time before the Commission’s decision regarding the application.

In light of the above, Cochrane is to provide the Commission with a list of any complaints it has received from competitors since the implementation of local competition in the exchange or alternatively, submit an attestation that it has received no complaints since the implementation of local competition by 7 April 2016.

Interveners may comment on Cochrane’s submission by 14 April 2016. Cochrane may file its response, if applicable, by 20 April 2016.

Sincerely,

Original signed by Kim Wardle for/

Kay Saicheua
Director, Competition & Emergency Services Policy
Telecommunications Sector

c.c.:   Denise Heckbert, Eastlink, regulatory.matters@corp.eastlink.ca
Bell Canada, bell.regulatory@bell.ca
Rogers Communications, david.watt@rci.rogers.com  
TELUS Communications Company, regulatory.affairs@telus.com
Eric Macfarlane, Analyst, CRTC, eric.macfarlane@crtc.gc.ca

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