Telecom Commission Letter Addressed to Natalie MacDonald (Eastlink) and Samer Bishay (Iristel Inc.)

Ottawa, 31 October 2016

Our references: 8663-J64-201610121


Ms. Natalie MacDonald
Vice President, Regulatory Matter
Suite 801
6080 Young Street
Halifax, NS  B3K 5M3

Mr. Samer Bishay
President and CEO, Iristel Inc.
675 Cochrane Drive, 6th Floor, East Tower
Markham, Ontario  L3R 0B8

Re: Iristel Inc. request for implementation of local competition in Aylmer, Ontario

Dear Madame, Sir,

On 9 September 2016, Iristel Inc. (Iristel) filed a letter with the Secretary General of the CRTC requesting that the Commission direct Amtelecom Telco GP Inc., a business unit of Bragg Communications Inc. carrying on business as “Eastlink” (Eastlink) to enable local competition in the Aylmer, Ontario exchange. On 27 September 2016, Commission staff issued a Request for Information in order to get a better understanding of the situation between Iristel and Eastlink.

After reviewing the information received in response to this request, Commission staff is of the view that this dispute is not one to be addressed through informal means, but rather should be addressed by the Commission as the result of a Part 1 Application filed in accordance with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure (SOR/2010-277).

Accordingly, Iristel’s request, as currently before the Commission, will not be addressed further.  Should either party believe that their disagreement regarding the issue of the implementation of local competition in the exchange of Aylmer, Ontario still requires a determination by the Commission, a Part 1 Application is to be properly filed pursuant to the above referenced Rules of Practice and Procedure.


Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Dispute Resolution and Regulatory Implementation
Telecommunications Sector

c.c. Jonathan Holmes, The Canadian Independent Telephone Company Joint Task Force,
Stephen Schmidt, TELUS Communications Company,


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