Telecom Commission Letter Addressed to Natalie MacDonald (Eastlink)

Ottawa, 11 October 2016

Our reference: 8740-E17-201610262

BY EMAIL

Ms. Natalie MacDonald
Vice President, Regulatory Matters
Eastlink
6080 Young Street 8th Floor
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 5M3
regulatory.matters@corp.eastlink.ca

RE:  Tariff Notice 37 filed by Eastlink pursuant to Telecom Decision CRTC 2016-117, Review of costing inputs and the application process for wholesale high-speed access services (Decision 2016-117)

Dear Ms. MacDonald:

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 wholesale high-speed access (HSA) service providersFootnote 1 to file new tariff applications for bandedFootnote 2 non-legacy wholesale HSA service speeds,Footnote 3 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 9 September 2016, the Commission received a tariff application and supporting cost study from Bragg Communications Incorporated, operating as Eastlink (Eastlink), for its banded non-legacy aggregated wholesale access services, monthly capacity rate per 100 Mbps service, and capacity rate service charges.

In reviewing Eastlink’s tariff application and supporting cost study, Commission staff considers that several areas of Eastlink’s proposed costs require further analysis, including its cost study inputs, methodologies, and assumptions.

For efficiency purposes, Commission staff requests that parties do not file interventions with respect to Eastlink’s tariff application until further notice. Parties will be advised as to the next steps in the evaluation process in the 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

Lyne Renaud
Director, Competitor Services & Costing Implementation
Telecommunications sector


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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
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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


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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Footnotes

Footnote 2

Under this rate-setting approach, various service speeds with similar costs would be grouped in a band. A single access rate would apply for services within each band and this rate would be established on the basis of the weighted-average costs of all service speeds within the band.

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Footnotes

Footnote 3

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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