Telecom Procedural Letter Addressed to Michel Cantin (City of Gatineau) and Mathieu Quenneville (Carriers)

Ottawa, 11 May 2017

Our reference: 8690-V81-201703231

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Michel Cantin
Bélanger Sauvé Avocats LLP
Representative, City of Gatineau
5 Place Ville Marie, Office 900
Montreal, Quebec  H8B 2G2
mcantin@belangersauve.com

Mathieu Quenneville
Prévost Fortin D’Aoust Avocats
Representative, Carriers
20845 chemin de la Côte du Nord, Office 500
Boisbriand, Quebec  J7E 4H5
m.quenneville@pfdavocats.com  

RE: Request for a stay or deferral of the application filed under Part 1 by the City of Gatineau for a Municipal Access Agreement – Procedural letter

Dear Sirs,

On 13 April 2017, the Commission received a Part 1 application from the City of Gatineau (Gatineau) for approval of a proposed Municipal Access Agreement (MAA).

On 3 May 2017, Bell Canada, Vidéotron G.P., Rogers Communications G.P., TELUS Communications Company and Cogeco Cable Inc. (collectively the Carriers) asked the Commission to stay its examination of the record for Gatineau’s application until the Superior Court of Quebec can rule on the constitutionality of Municipal By-Law number 718-2012 governing all activities on Gatineau-owned property by telecommunications companies. The Carriers brought legal proceedings against the by-law in December 2012, but the hearing will take place from 23 May to 12 June 2017. In the event that the Commission denies the request, the Carriers have asked that the deadline to respond to Gatineau’s application be deferred to 30 days after the end of the hearing before the Superior Court, i.e. 12 July 2017.

On 5 May 2017, the Commission received comments from Gatineau regarding the Carriers’ request; the Carriers replied on 9 May. The Commission is currently considering this request.

In light of the above, the deadline of 18 May 2017 for the filing of interventions regarding the Part 1 application is placed on hold pending the Commission’s decision on the Carriers’ request for a stay or deferral.

Sincerely,

Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Dispute Resolution and Regulatory Implementation
Telecommunications Sector

c.c.: Josiane Lord, CRTC, josiane.lord@crtc.gc.ca;
Bell Canada, bell.regulatory@bell.ca;
Cogeco, telecom.regulatory@cogeco.com;
Rogers Communications, rwi_gr@rci.rogers.com;
TELUS Communications Company, regulatory.affairs@telus.com;
Vidéotron, regaffairs@quebecor.com

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