Telecom Commission Letter Addressed to Philippe Gauvin (Bell Canada)

Ottawa, 2 February 2017

Our reference:  8640-B2-201600049


Mr. Philippe Gauvin
Bell Canada
160 Elgin Street, 19th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2C4

Re:  Part 1 Application by Bell Canada regarding Forbearance of Wholesale Unbundled Relay Services

Dear Mr. Gauvin:

This letter is in regards to a Part 1 application, dated January 6, 2016, in which Bell Canada (Bell) requested, among other things, that the CRTC refrain from exercising its powers and performing its duties under certain sections of the Telecommunications Act in relation to Bell’s Wholesale Unbundled Relay Services (WURS).

As announced in the CRTC 2016-2017 Report on Plans and Priorities, the CRTC published Telecom Notice of Consultation 2017-33 today to initiate a review of the regulatory framework for message relay service (MRS). The upcoming process will allow for an examination of wholesale and retail MRS issues on a holistic basis, and will give all interested parties (e.g. Local Exchange Carriers, public interest groups and Canadians who are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired) an opportunity to provide comments.

Accordingly, the CRTC is closing the Bell application related to this matter, as the issues raised may be rendered moot by the determinations arising from this proceeding. By closing the application, the CRTC is not ruling on its merits.

Once the process has been concluded and a decision issued, Bell may choose, if it deems necessary, to file a new application regarding WURS that takes into consideration the outcomes of the proceeding.

Yours sincerely,

Danielle May-Cuconato

Secretary General


c.c.: Laura Jung,
        Managed Network Systems Inc.,
        TELUS Communications Company,
        Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc.,

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