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Ottawa, 22 July 2016

Our reference:  1011-NOC2016-0192


Mr. Andrew McKay
Regulatory Affairs Manager
Saskatchewan Telecommunications
2121 Saskatchewan Drive, 12 Floor
Regina, Saskatchewan  S4P 3Y2

Re: Examination of differential practices related to Internet data plans, Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-192, 22 July 2016 – Requests for Information

Dear Sir:

Pursuant to paragraph 37 of Telecom Notice of Consultation 2016-192, attached are requests for information from the Commission.

Responses to these requests for information are to be filed with the Commission by 12 August 2016. The responses must be received, not merely sent, by this date.


Original signed by

Andrew Falcone
Senior Manager, Strategic Planning and Research
Telecommunications Sector

c.c.:  Suneil Kanjeekal, CRTC, 613-668-6561,
Josiane Lord, CRTC, 819-576-2568,
Eric Macfarlane, CRTC, 819-997-4389,

Attach. (1)



  1. Considering your intervention with respect to permitting differential pricing of certain categories, classes, types, etc. of applications:
    1. Define precisely what categories of service for which you think differential pricing would be acceptable
    2. What criteria you would use to define categories of service?
    3. What services would be included and excluded from them, why?
    4. How would the distinction between categories of service be compliant with section 27(2) of the Telecommunications Act.
    5. Explain how, technically, you would identify data from those categories of service for differential pricing purposes.
    6. Explain whether your suggested approach to identify data from those categories of service would be compatible with the different privacy requirements currently in place in Canada, including those from the Commission’s Internet traffic management practices framework.
    7. Explain whether the use of a virtual private network (VPN) would impede an end-customers’ ability to access zero-rated content in your suggested approach.
  2. To assist the Commission to gain a better understanding as to the relationship between differential pricing and data caps:
    1. What factors, considerations, criteria do you consider when determining data caps levels?
    2. What factors support a higher cap?
    3. What factors supports a lower cap?  
    4. Does zero-rating factor into cap setting now? If yes, why and if not, why not? Is your assessment likely to change in the next 2 years and, if yes, how? If the answer is no, why not?
    5. Annually since 2011 (1 January - 31 December) and ending June 2016, provide separately, your total number of i) wireline and ii) fixed wireless access Internet customers. For each, provide the percentage of these customers that are subject to data caps:
      1. of 20 gigabytes and under
      2. Between 20 and 75 gigabytes
      3. Between 75 and 150 gigabytes
      4. 150 and 300 gigabytes
      5. 300 gigabytes or more
    6. Annually since 2011 (1 January - 31 December) and ending June 2016, provide separately, your total number of i) mobile wireless and ii) satellite internet customers. For each, provide the percentage of these customers that are subject to data caps:
      1. of 500 megabyte and under
      2. Between 500 and 2 gigabytes
      3. Between 2 megabytes and 5 gigabytes 
      4. Between 5 and 10 gigabytes
      5. 10 gigabytes or more
  3. Considering paragraph 12 of intervention number 137 from AT&T Mobility Canada Co and with respect to the Internet of Things (loT):
    1. Do you have any arrangements with device providers that result in your customers being exempt from data charges that would otherwise apply in relation to the use of an internet-connected device?
    2. If you have any such arrangements, what percentage of your customers would be subject to such data charge exemptions?
    3. If you have such arrangements, what factors and considerations determine whether you, the ISP, will agree to exempt your customers from data charges?
    4. If you do not have any such arrangements, why not?  What factors and considerations have led you not to enter into any such arrangements?
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