Telecom Commission Letter Addressed to Distribution List
Ottawa, 5 April 2017
Our reference: 8663-C182-201702598
RE: Application by Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc. (CNOC) for Transitional Aggregated Wholesale High-Speed Access Services over Incumbent Fibre-to-the-Premises Facilities - Request for abbreviated period for answers.
Dear Madam, Sir:
On 30 March 2017, the Commission received a Part 1 application by Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc. (CNOC) for transitional Aggregated Wholesale High-Speed Access Services over IncumbentsFootnote1 Fibre-To-The-Premises facilities (FTTP).
CNOC submitted that a transitional FTTP Access is urgently needed and expedited relief is necessary. Specifically, CNOC requested an abbreviated period of fifteen days for answers to its application from Incumbents and from other interested parties, and seven days for reply.
On 3 April 2017, the Commission received a letter from Rogers Communications Canada Inc. (Rogers) in which it requested that the Commissions denies CNOC’s request for an abbreviated period of response and adheres to its established practices and timelines. In letters dated 4 April 2017, TELUS Communications Company (TCC) and Shaw Cablesystems G.P. (Shaw) also opposed CNOC’s request for an expedited process.
Rogers, TCC and Shaw indicated, among other things, that CNOC did not provide any evidence to prove irreparable competitive harm such as to justify an expedited process. Furthermore, Shaw requested that the Commission consider adjusting the deadline for answer to the application to 5 May 2017 given the issues raised by the application and the number of ongoing Commission proceedings.
Commission staff notes that CNOC’s application raises significant issues and implicates numerous stakeholders. Having regard to this, Commission staff is not convinced that any harm that could accrue to CNOC’s members and consumers by reason of the application of the procedural timelines set out in the Rules of Procedure to this application, should any such harm exist, outweighs the public interest in ensuring that the Commission’s decision on the application is based on a fulsome record.
Accordingly, the procedural deadlines associated with CNOC’s application for transitional Aggregated Wholesale HAS services over Incumbents FTTP remain as set out in the Rules of Procedure (i.e. interventions may be filed by 1 May 2017, and reply may be filed by 15 May 2017).
Original signed by
Director, Competitor Services & Costing Implementation
c.c.: Lyne Renaud, CRTC 819-953-5414, email@example.com
Abderrahman El Fatihi, CRTC, 819-953-3662, firstname.lastname@example.org
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