Telecom Commission Letter Addressed to Mr. Philippe Gauvin (Bell Canada)

Ottawa, 6 September 2017

Our reference: 8740-B20-201511809

BY EMAIL

Mr. Philippe Gauvin
Senior Legal Counsel
Bell Canada
Floor 19
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2C4
bell.regulatory@bell.ca

Re: Bell Canada (NST) Tariff Notice 936 (Ex-Parte)

Dear Sir:

On 9 October 2015, the Commission received an application by Bell Canada under Tariff Notice (NST) 936, in which it proposed revisions to the National Services Tariff to introduce a Special Facilities Service Item.

In its application, the company requested that the Commission treat its application on an ex parte basis. Bell Canada requested that public disclosure of its proposed tariff not be required unless and until it is awarded the customer’s business. It indicated that the proposed arrangement was the subject of a bidding process initiated by the customer. It further requested that, should the Commission deny the application or should the customer not accept the proposal, the filing not be placed on the public record.

In Bell Canada – Ex parte application, Telecom Order 2015-508, 18 November 2015, the Commission approved on an interim basis the ex parte application, subject to the condition that the company advise the Commission of the outcome of the selection process as soon as possible and notify the Commission whether the customer has awarded the contract to Bell Canada.

By letter, dated 21 August 2017, Bell Canada indicated that the customer had not accepted its proposal. It requested withdrawal of Tariff Notice 936 and again requested that the application not be placed on the public record. The company submitted that knowledge of the details of the arrangement proposed for this specific customer would be prejudicial to its competitive position in future negotiations of a similar nature with other customers.

Given that the customer has not accepted the company’s proposal, the tariff item would not be required. Therefore, the request to withdraw the application is acceptable. Consequently, this application is closed.

In addition, the company’s request not to place the application on the public record is reasonable as it would be prejudicial to its competitive position.

Sincerely,

Original signed by

Michel Murray
Director, Dispute Resolution and Regulatory Implementation
Telecommunications Sector

c.c: Joseph Cabrera, CRTC, (819) 934-6352, joseph.cabrera@crtc.gc.ca

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