Telecom Commission Letter Addressed to Distribution List

Ottawa, 29 July 2016

Our references:  8740-C6-201606831, 8740-M59-201606980, 8740-B2-201606873, 8740-V3-201606849, 8740-S22-201606823, 8740-T66-201606815, 8740-R28-201606808, 8740-S9-201606790, 8661-C12-201504829

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Distribution List

RE:  Tariff Notices filed pursuant to Telecom Decision CRTC 2016-117, Review of costing inputs and the application process for wholesale high-speed access services (Decision 2016-117)

In Review of costing inputs and the application process for wholesale high-speed access services, Telecom Decision CRTC 2016-117, dated 31 March 2016 (Decision 2016-117), the Commission directed all wholesale high-speed access (HSA) service providersFootnote1 to file new tariff applications for banded non-legacy wholesale HSA service speeds,Footnote2 reflecting the Commission’s determinations set out in that Decision. The Commission also directed wholesale HSA service providers that use the capacity based billing model to file the updated monthly capacity charge per 100 Mbps.

On 30 June 2016, the Commission received tariff applications from all wholesale HSA service providers except Eastlink, which was granted an extension until 2 August 2016.

On 22 July 2016, the Commission received a letter from Eastlink requesting an extension to the 2 August 2016 date. On 28 July 2016, an extension was granted until 9 September 2016.

On 11 July 2016, Commission staff issued a letter to all parties indicating that following a preliminary review of several of the tariff applications, several areas were identified that would require in-depth analysis, including cost study methodologies, assumptions, and inputs. The letter also noted that additional time is required to determine whether or not revised interim rates will be set for the wholesale HSA services, and indicated that parties would be advised as to the next steps.

Commission staff is diligently pursuing its review of the tariff applications. In conducting its review, additional cost study areas are of concern were identified which will require further analysis.

For efficiency purposes, Commission staff requests that parties do not file interventions with respect to the wholesale HSA tariff applications until further notice. Parties will be advised as to the next steps in the evaluation process in the near future by way of a procedural letter, which will set out process for the filing of comments and replies, as well as for addressing deficiencies in the tariff applications, disclosure of confidential information, and interrogatories.

Sincerely,

Original signed by Doug Thurston for

Lyne Renaud
Director, Competitor Services & Costing Implementation
Telecommunications sector

Distribution List

Doug Thurston, CRTC, (doug.thurston@crtc.gc.ca)
Bell Canada:  bell.regulatory@bell.ca
MTS Inc.: regulatory@mts.ca
Allstream: regulatory@allstream.com
Saskatchewan Telecommunications: document.control@sasktel.sk.ca
TELUS Communications: regulatory.affairs@telus.com
Cogeco Cable Inc.: telecom.regulatory@cogeco.com
Quebecor Media Inc. (Videotron): regaffairs@quebecor.com
Rogers Communications Partnership: barry.choi@rci.rogers.com; david.watt@rci.rogers.com; rwi_gr@rci.rogers.com
Shaw Cablesystems G.P.: Regulatory@sjrb.ca
CNOC Regulatory: regulatory@cnoc.ca
TekSavvy Solutions Inc.: regulatory@teksavvy.com
Vaxination Informatique: jfmezei@vaxination.ca
VMedia Inc.: george.burger@vmedia.ca
Steve Sorochan: steve.sorochan@gov.yk.ca
Darren Parberry: metisbus@yahoo.ca
Marcus Schultze: marcus.p.schultze@gmail.com
Eastlink: regulatory.matters@corp.eastlink.ca

Footnotes

Footnote 1

Cogeco Cable Inc. (Cogeco), Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel), MTS Inc. (MTS), Shaw Cablesystems G.P. (Shaw), Quebecor Media Inc., on behalf of Videotron G.P. (Videotron), Rogers Communications Partnership (RCP), TELUS Communications Company (TCC), Bell Canada, and Bragg Communications Incorporated, operating as Eastlink (Eastlink).

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Footnote 2

In Telecom Regulatory Policy 2015-326, the Commission determined that rates for legacy wholesale HSA services, defined as services not provided over next-generation mixed fibre/copper networks, were to be frozen at existing levels.

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