Telecom Commission Letter adressed to Distribution List
Ottawa, 24 February 2017
Our reference: 8740-B2-201700055
To Distribution List
Re: Bell Canada Tariff Notice 7522 – Disaggregated wholesale high-speed access service– Bell Canada request for a new filing date to file proposed additional cost studiesThe Commission is in receipt of a letter filed on 21 February 2017 by Bell Canada requesting extensions of various filing dates set out by the Commission for filing cost studies (and related interrogatory responses) associated with Bell Canada Tariff Notices (TN) 7504 and 7522 as well as Bell Mobility TN 1B and 2. Bell Canada specifically requested:
- An extension for the cost data filings (and interrogatory responses) related to Bell Canada TN 7504 (banded non-legacy aggregated wholesale high-speed access (HSA)Footnote 1 service and the monthly capacity rate per 100 megabits per secondFootnote 2) from 27 February 2017 to 13 March 2017 (a two week extension);
- A new filing date for the cost data filings related to Bell Canada TN 7522 (disaggregated wholesale HSA service monthly capacity rate per 50 megabits per secondFootnote 3 and disaggregated HSA service fibre to the premises (FTTP) accessFootnote 4) of 4 April 2017; and
- An extension for the filings (and interrogatory responses) related to Bell Mobility TN 1B and TN 2 (GSM-based wholesale roaming serviceFootnote 5) from 20 March 2017 to 17 April 2017 (a four week extension).
Bell Canada also requested that these extensions, along with related procedural dates be extended to all of the parties that are required to file responses to requests for information on the impacted dates in the applicable proceedings.
This letter addresses Bell Canada’s request for a new filing date of 4 April 2017 for its proposed cost data filings related to its disaggregated wholesale HSA service (item b). The requests related to the aggregated wholesale HSA service proceeding (item a) and the wireless roaming proceeding (item c) are addressed in separate letters.
The Canadian Network Operators Consortium did not oppose the proposed extensions on the condition that the Commission make its consent to the extensions conditional on a commitment from Bell Canada and other parties to file cost studies and costing data in response to interrogatory responses in full compliance with all Commission disclosure and information guidelines.
In its 9 January 2017 covering letter for its disaggregated wholesale HSA service tariff filing Bell Canada indicated that to the extent that it would file revisions to its aggregated wholesale HSA service cost study pursuant to the Commission's directive and provide explanations for deviations from prior Commission rulings in the context of that study, it would make similar revisions to its disaggregated wholesale HSA service cost studies (specifically for capacity-based-billing (CBB) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) access) and provide the supporting explanation for similar deviations in the context of that study at the same time. At that time Bell Canada proposed to file any revisions and associated explanations by 27 February 2017.
Commission staff is of the view that an extension for filing revisions for its disaggregated wholesale HSA service cost study is reasonable, as it allows the company to focus its immediate efforts on delivery of its filings for the aggregated wholesale HSA service proceeding. In its extension request, Bell Canada indicated that it would have asked for a two week extension if the March break holiday was not within its requested extension period. Commission staff considers that the occurrence of March break is not an appropriate reason to extend filing deadlines. As such, an extension of two weeks would be appropriate
Accordingly, Bell Canada’s revisions for its disaggregated wholesale HSA service (CBB and FTTP access) cost studies are to be filed on or before 20 March 2017. Bell Canada is reminded that its responses are to follow the Commission’s disclosure guidelines.
A procedural letter setting out further process for the disaggregated wholesale HSA service proceeding will be issued in due course.
Please contact Tom Vilmansen (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (819) 997-9253 or me (email@example.com) at (819) 953-5414 should you have any questions in regard to this letter.
Original signed by Doug Thurston for
Director, Competitor Services and Costing Implementation
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