Telecom Commission Letter addressed to Distribution list
Ottawa, 28 February 2017
Our references: 8740-T66-201513028
To Distribution list
RE: Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-177 – Regulatory framework for wholesale mobile wireless services – Follow-up process to finalize GSM-based wholesale roaming services proposed tariffs for the National Wireless Carriers – Bell Canada request for a new filing dates - Interrogatories Second Round
The 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 an extension for filing interrogatory responses related to Bell Mobility TN 1B and TN 2 (GSM-based wholesale roaming service), item c above. The requests related to the aggregated wholesale HSA service proceeding (item a) and for the proposed cost data filings related to disaggregated wholesale high-speed access (HSA) service (item b) were addressed in separate letters issued on 24 February 2017.
The Commission is in receipt of letters dated 22 February 2017 from Rogers and 23 February 2017 from TELUS Communications Company (TCC), Bragg Communications Inc., doing business as Eastlink (Eastlink), Ice Wireless Inc. (Ice Wireless), Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc. (CNOC), Quebecor Media Inc., on behalf of its affiliate Videotron G.P (Videotron)., and from Freedom Mobile In. (Freedom) .
Rogers and TCC indicated that they did not object to Bell Canada’s extension request, as an extension would provide all parties with additional time to ensure the quality of their submissions and to respond to Commission staff’s request for information.
CNOC and Ice Wireless submitted that they do not oppose the proposed extensions under the condition that the Commission make its consent to the extension 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.
Videotron submitted that they are concerned about the long delays that have already characterized the follow-up process to finalize GSM-based wholesale roaming services proposed tariffs and that a four week extension to provide interrogatory responses related to Bell Mobility TN 1B and TN 2 is excessive.
Freedom opposed granting an extension and submitted that Bell Canada’s request would add more delay to a review process of cost studies that were first filed on 23 November 2015.
Eastlink submitted that the National Wireless carriers (Bell Mobility, TCC and Rogers) were provided three months to provide their wholesale roaming tariff interrogatory responses, and that it is important that the proceeding (i.e. Follow-up process to finalize GSM-based wholesale roaming services proposed tariffs for the National Wireless Carriers ) progresses in timely manner. Consequently, Bell’s request for one-month extension to the filing date should be denied.
On 24 February 2017, Bell Canada responded to parties’ comments and submitted that it would support a solution whereby the filing date for the responses to the wholesale wireless roaming interrogatories be extended only to 4 April 2017, provide that the filing date for item b. above be extend to 17 April 2017.
Taking into consideration the comments and reply comments submitted by all parties, as well as the associated procedural timelines related to the other proceedings (items a. and b. above-noted), Commission staff informs all parties that the procedural dates of the follow-up process to finalize GSM-based wholesale roaming services proposed tariffs for the National Wireless Carriers – Interrogatories Second Round are modified as follows:
- Responses to the Commission staff requests for information are to be filed with the Commission and served on all other parties by 4 April 2017, instead of 20 March 2017 as initially required.
In addition, the National Wireless Carriers are reminded that disclosure of information in the responses should comply with the guidelines established in Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2012-592, Confidentiality of information used to establish wholesale service rates, 26 October 2012 and the Commission staff letters dated 13 September 2013.
- All parties may request for further information or public disclosure of information designated confidential by 14 April 2017, instead of 30 March 2017 as initially required.
- The National Wireless Carriers are to file their responses to requests for further information and public disclosure by 26 April 2017, instead of 10 April 2017 as initially required.
It is Commission staff’s intention to provide further process information after the request for further information and public disclosure processes are completed.
The National Wireless Carriers are asked to serve all other parties with any documents filed in this proceeding, and to send an electronic copy directly to the following Commission staff:
Lyne Renaud, email@example.com
Abderrahman El Fatihi, firstname.lastname@example.org
William Lloyd, William.email@example.com
Original signed by
Director, Competitor Services and Costing Implementation
c.c.: Abderrahman El Fatihi, CRTC, (819) 953-3662, firstname.lastname@example.org
William Lloyd, CRTC, (819) 997-4654, email@example.com
Bell Mobility Inc., firstname.lastname@example.org
Rogers Communications Partnership, email@example.com
Nathan Jarrett, Nathan.firstname.lastname@example.org
TELUS Communications Company, email@example.com
Videotron G.P., firstname.lastname@example.org
Bragg Communications Incorporated (Eastlink), email@example.com
Globalive Wireless Management Corp. (WIND), firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Antecol EAntecol@WINDMobile.ca
MTS Inc., email@example.com
Saskatchewan Telecommunications, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ice Wireless Inc., email@example.com
Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) email@example.com
Corridor Communications, Inc.firstname.lastname@example.org
Benjamin Klass, email@example.com
Vaxination Informatique, firstname.lastname@example.org
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