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Ottawa, 23 June 2016

Our reference:  8663-C12-201503186


Distribution list

Re: Review of basic telecommunications services, Telecom Notice of Consultation 2015-134Footnote 1 – Request for disclosure of information designated as confidential

Dear Madam, Sir:

This letter addresses requests for disclosure of information designated as confidential related to undertakings filed 5 May 2016 which were requested by the Commission during the oral hearing phase of the proceeding initiated by Telecom Notice of Consultation 2015-134.

On 25 May 2016 and 3 June 2016, respectively, the First Mile Connectivity Consortium (FMCC) and the Affordable Access Coalition (AAC)Footnote 2 filed requests for disclosure of certain information for which confidentiality had been claimed.

Only Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel) filed responses to these requests. In response to the FMCC, SaskTel disclosed some of the requested information on the public record.


Commission staff notes that the information in question was filed as undertakings on 5 May 2016, and that the disclosure requests were not filed in a timely manner, having been filed either on or after the date by which final submissions were due (25 May 2016), as set out in Telecom Notice of Consultation 2015-134-5.

Notwithstanding this delay, Commission staff has reviewed the submissions of the parties. In Commission staff’s view, neither the FMCC nor the AAC have demonstrated how disclosure would be in the public interest or that the public interest in disclosure, if any, would outweigh the direct harm that is likely to result from disclosure of the information. In particular, neither party has demonstrated how disclosure would assist parties’ participation at this stage of the proceeding.

Having regard to all the considerations set out above, the information requested by the FMCC and the AAC is not required to be disclosed on the public record of this proceeding.


Original signed by

John Macri
Director, Policy Framework
Telecommunications Sector

c.c.: Christine Bailey, CRTC, (819) 997-4557,
Sarah O’Brien, CRTC, (819) 635-3217,

Yours sincerely,

Distribution list

Geoffrey White, Counsel for AAC,
First Mile Connectivity Consortium,
Canadian Wireless Internet Service Providers,
Cogeco Cable Canada LP,
Québecor Média inc.,
Saskatchewan Telecommunications,
Shaw Cablesystems G.P.,
Xplornet Communications Inc.,


Footnote 1

Review of basic telecommunications services, Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-134, 9 April 2015; as amended by Telecom Notices of Consultation CRTC 2015-134-1, 3 June 2015; 2015-134-2, 22 December 2015; 2015-134-3, 14 January 2016; and 2015-134-4, 10 March 2016.

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Footnote 2

The Affordable Access Coalition includes: The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, Canada (ACORN Canada); the Consumers’ Association of Canada (CAC); the Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of British Columbia (COSCO); the National Pensioners Federation (NPF); and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC).

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